The first month of our new formula student team has past and the team have been quite busy. After much deliberation and investigation the team has decided to use the Enstroj Emrax 228 motor. A single 228 motor will be used inboard, driving both rear wheels. After investigating the use of in-hub motors the additional weight and complexity of integrating them did not provide any additonal benefit. Maybe next year! The team have also been on various visits to local companies, including Lamplas, William Lane Foundry and Sevcon, the later of which has committed themselves to providing technical support this year. In other sponsor news we have received the funding from the Reese Foundation for the accumulator cells, and we also welcome our new sponsor Melasta who have offered us a discount on these cells.
TEAM NEWCASTLE RACING
We are the Formula Student team from Newcastle University, competing in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers run event in the UK every July. Please keep visiting regularly to stay up to date with the progress of our team. As with all projects of this scale – our success is heavily dependent upon the generosity of our sponsors and we thank them for that.
Good News! After much wrestling with brake parts and illusive bubbles of air, NR9 finally had the ability to stop! We manged to get some on campus testing to do a shakedown run, before a full test with data recording in the new year. Unfortunately due to a small mechanical issue it had to be cut short, but watch out for further testing pictures in the new year. In the mean time here’s a few pictures to whet your appetite.
For the first time the team plans to use its own castings on the car. These will be done in collaboration with William Lane in Middlesbrough. The team will be involved in all stages of the manufacture of a casting, including design, pattern and mold making and finally pouring the metal. We are grateful for the help and assistance the guys at William Lane have given us. Some of the members went down to the foundry last month to view the process in real life. Here’s a few pictures.
A few photos from the event at Silverstone last summer.
With the start of the new academic year there’s a new car to be designed. Building on the knowledge of the previous years the new car is going to be the lightest yet. For more information head over to the NR Cars section The new year also means a new team, some of whom will be familiar due to being involved last year while others are new including a new bunch of enthusiastic third year students. Check out the main teams mugshots and contact details in The Team section