Last season’s UGRacing supporters Baileigh Industrial and Duright Engineering are both on board again for the 2013 season and are joined by UGRacing’s newest partner SPAL Automotive.
Duright Engineering have been key to the manufacture of UGR-13, supplying us with laser notched tubes for our space frame chassis and various other components. This has allowed us to avoid manually fish mouthing each tube therefore freeing up a lot of time to concentrate on other aspects of the car.
Baileigh Industrial is an international provider of quality metal machinery.Baileigh generously provides the tube bending capabilities required for producing a high quality frame for the car at no cost to the UGRacing team. We are very thankful for their expert support and excellent work
SPAL Automotive manufacture a wide range of high performance axial fans and centrifugal blowers widely used for vehicle HVAC systems, powertrain cooling, radiator cooling, on-board electronics/battery cooling. SPAL provide us with their high quality cooling fans for UGR-13.
Our thanks go to these partners, without whom building UGR-13 would not be possible.
Welcome and thank you to our latest sponsor NGK who have generously donated a range of high-end spark plugs along with free technical support.
The UGR-13 design
UGRacing is proud to officially unveil UGR-13, the car with which we will be entering the 2013 Formula Student competition at Silverstone in July.
This year we have two entries, both of which have been approved by the event organisers. Team 1 is designing and building the car shown above, while Team 2 are developing an additional design-only car entry.
Over the last six months the whole team has been working hard to finish the design stages and team members have spent countless hours finalising their individual components of the car to the highest standards. The last month was spent on integration of all components to ensure a flawless assembly. We are currently in the process of procurement of parts and materials and manufacturing of the car will be under way by the end of February.
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The powertrain team have been hard at work and have completed the engine air intake and exhaust designs. We’ve used Solidworks 3D CAD and Ricardo Wave engine simulation software to develop our design. Many thanks to both companies for their generous donations of software. The CAD image shows our intake and exhaust attached to the KTM450 engine and also the fuel tank we have designed. We are now sourcing materials and manufacturing will begin shortly.
After taking time out to concentrate on exams, the UGRacing team is now back at work. We are spending the week before Christmas finalising the car’s mechanical design. We are keeping to the tight schedule we have set ourselves and are on course to begin sourcing components and manufacturing early in the new year.
Our new engine, the KTM 450 SX-F, has been ordered! Changing from Honda CBR600RR to KTM 450 SX-F is part our design philosophy to aim for a lightweight but powerful car. The engine weighs only 30kg, is dry-sumped, electronic start and has double overhead cams.
The engine is coming all the way from San Clemente, California courtesy of OEMDIRTBIKEPARTS and should be arriving in the next couple of weeks.
Update: Engine has arrived!