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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Formula Student already has a high profile within the School of Engineering and we are working towards raising awareness of the project to the university as a whole. We have exhibited our car on campus to thousands of students and it regularly attracts interest.
The profile of this project, both within WMG and the School of Engineering would lead to excellent exposure of your company not just in the university but also to industry partners and experts.
It would be possible to use our project for your own research and development of parts and we would be willing to provide case study feedback. Formula Student is an ideal platform on which to test components and gain real-world data. Subject to terms and availability, there is also the opportunity to borrow the car for your own marketing events.
As mentioned previously, we have already achieved success in motorsport and we would be excellent ambassadors for your company at the Formula Student competition at Silverstone next year. Your company logo would be displayed on the car itself, our pit boards and on our website. This is a unique promotional opportunity.
If it is of interest to your company, we are also able to provide direct access to some of the best and most highly regarded graduates in Europe. We are happy to arrange events for you to speak directly to students, to leave promotional material in student pigeon-holes and to look into other activities that you may find beneficial for recruitment.
What's in it for us?
The success of our project depends on the funds we have available - and these are almost entirely raised through sponsorship.
The money, equipment or services that you sponsor will be used to give us the best possible opportunity to continue our success.
How do I sponsor?
We would be delighted to hear from you and are greatly appreciative for all types and degrees of sponsorship. Reputations of both the University of Warwick and our sponsors will be enhanced through involvement in this project. Warwick Racing will continue to strive towards developing mutually beneficial relationships with all our partners.
Interested in giving your company exposure among thousands of Warwick graduates?
Take a look at our current prospectus or get in touch to JOIN THE TEAM!
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