About Us!


We are Warwick Racing, a student run racing team who design and build a single seat race car for participation at international Formula Student competitions.

This year will be our second as an extracurricular project, which has allowed Warwick Racing to grow across the university, giving students from every degree the chance to be a part of the team. Although our primary aim is to build and race a successful single seater at Formula Student both in the UK and Abroad, our work throughout the year encompasses far more than meets the eye. With a wealth of opportunities throughout the team, there is a role for everyone, no matter your experience or skillset.

To keep us competitive going forward, the team also have third and fourth year members who dedicate their academic projects to the R&D of innovative new technologies.

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In addition to the information on this page, our University hosted profile page offers some additional information about:

Our graduates and other alumniCurrent and past Academic ProjectsNon - Formula Student projects (rickSURE)Previous teams (W7 to WR5)

Become a member of the team here.

Following us on social media is the best way to keep up to date with news and opportunities in the team. See the links at the top of the page.

Our Car: WR7


For the 2016/2017 season Warwick Racing will be working to create what we hope will be our first ever Electric entry into the Formula Student Competition. We will also be developing new ideas on a test vehicle to prove our concepts for the following year. Rest assured that when WR7 is ready for the public, our launch event will show it off in all its glory. Browse left and right to explore each function group and see our targets for the season.

Charlie Williams

Project Manager

Alistair Fisher

Chief Engineer

Matt Hill

Manufacturing Manager

Shafiul Alam

Testing Manager

Powertrain


Powertrain covers the engine, shifting mechanism, differential and drive shafts, engine cooling system, exhaust system, air intake, fuel intake and we will also be working closely with the electronics team to control the engine systems.

Last year we used a KTM single cylinder 450cc bike engine with fuel injection. Rules dictate that all air that goes into the engine must pass through a 20mm restriction, we therefore make a custom plenum to smooth out the air flow into the engine. The cooling system consists of a single side mounted radiator and the exhaust is the stock muffler from the bike with a few modifications and a custom exhaust pipe. We use a limited slip differential made by Drexler and new to the car last year is a steering wheel button actuated pneumatic shifter with an onboard air compressor.

Boris Diamond

Powertrain Manager

This year we will be replicating the powertrain system from last year but with a few changes.


  • Developing a new muffler to comply with noise regulations at FSUK.
  • We will be developing a new plenum to improve the air intake setup.
  • Constructing carbon fibre body panels and side pods, helping to direct cold air around the engine and force air through the radiator.

Electronics and DAQ


Electronics and Data Acquisition (or ‘DAQ’) are two separate disciplines, although they work together in unison. The car relies on a few key electronic subsystems. The Engine Control Unit or ECU ensures all engine events occur at just the right time for maximum performance. An electronic, or “drive by wire” throttle controls engine power. Smaller systems include the steering wheel, various safety devices and 12V power management, amongst many other things, connected by the wiring loom.

A Data Acquisition system will capture data from the car which is invaluable for both real time performance monitoring and post-race/test analysis. Having trustworthy data lets the team quickly and effectively verify designs.

Parth Malhan

Electronics and DAQ Manager

To go above and beyond the basics we are going to be focusing on three different tasks throughout the year:


  • Data Acquisition system - We will create a circuit powered by a MyRio which measures many different variables which we can then use to analyse how the car performs and create systems which use the data to enhance the performance of the car.
  • Electronic throttle control - We will work on wiring and programming an electronic throttle. This will allow more accuracy and precision when it comes to controlling the car. It also means we can create electrical systems which rely on controlling the throttle
  • Traction control - Our final project will be a traction control system which uses the DAQ to recognise when the car has lost traction and then adjusts the air/fuel mixture in the engine (via the electronic throttle) to help the car regain traction, improving control and speed within the car

Composites


The Composites Team are a manufacturing team who drive relentlessly for light weighting. As a lighter car will turn quicker, brake later, and accelerate quicker. This year we are also striving to minimise drag.

Typically, we make out parts out of Carbon Fibre, although we are not restricted to it, we also use foams and metal honeycombs to strengthen our designs. Our goals for this year include:

  • Manufacture a flat ‘ground-effect’ floor for the first time
  • Design and manufacture of an all new Front Impact Attenuator assembly
  • Design and manufacture a low drag side pod for the first time
  • Manufacture lightweight body panels for the entire car)

This process has allowed our vehicles to feature more carbon fibre than many other FS teams, and this optimisation will continue with WR6.

Sam Hennem

Composites Manager

Dynamics


Vehicle dynamics involves the design and build of the suspension system by studying and understanding the responses of the vehicle in various in-motion situation. It is fundamental in determining how competitive your car is compared to others on the gird.

This year we look to build and improve on this so we can improve our on-track performance. Our aims include:

  • Make necessary design changes for the optimised suspension setup for WR7.
  • Research and development of an Anti roll bar to help reduce the body roll of the car during cornering or when driving over irregularities in the road
  • Develop our own simulation of the car that will allow us to predict the performance of the car before driving it to reduce the need of on-track testing
  • Train up the team that could create a competitive WR8 design in Term 2 through design exercises and weekly skill sessions

Disha Naik

Dynamics Manager

Chassis


As part of the chassis design and manufacture team, the Front and Rear Space-frame, Anti-Intrusion Plate, Steering Column, Bolt-Ons and the Rear Bulkhead will be our main areas of concentration. Put simply, we serve as the skeleton/framework/roll cage onto which all the other components are attached to and the safety of the driver is dependent on.

This means that that our design must not only reduce in weight and increase in rigidity by increasing the use of composites and incorporating advanced space frame designs, but also take into account our tight time frame and the need for relatively easy and quick repairs if the chassis is damaged during testing/racing.

Harvey Cumming

Chasis Manager

The coming year’s main objectives


  • Finish individual design training by the end of term 1, looking forward to future designs
  • Manufacture throughout term 1 and the Christmas break and handover a completed space frame to the team at the start of term 2
  • Design a chassis for the following years WR8 which we hope to incorporate a front, rear spoiler and aerodynamic floor

Sponsors

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Contact us!


Warwick Racing
International Manufacturing Centre
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
NamePositionEmail
Charlie WilliamsProject ManagerC.T.S.Williams@warwick.ac.uk
Pierre BucailleBusiness ManagerP.Bucaille@warwick.ac.uk
Victor OsifesoBusiness ManagerV.O.Osifeso@warwick.ac.uk
Howard NealProject DirectorH.G.Neal@warwick.ac.uk
Alex AttridgeProject DirectorA.Attridge@warwick.ac.uk