Formula Student 2017
UGRacing have achieved their greatest ever finish in the team’s history at this year’s Formula Student UK competition. Despite running out of fuel on the final lap of the endurance race (something we will be getting sorted with our good friend Chris Forbes at DynaTune) UGR still managed to come in 21st, which could have easily been top 10 had that last lap been completed. The car proved to be incredibly competitive, being 12th quickest in the acceleration event and overtaking numerous cars in the endurance event with budgets far exceeding ours.
Nonetheless, 2017 was a supremely useful as a learning process. The feedback from the judges has provided the team with new motivation for the development of UGR-18. This should ensure that UGR-18 is more competitive whilst also allowing UGR-17 to be used for driver practice and publicity events, meaning both the car and driver are the best-prepared for a competition that they have ever been.
The support from our partners has been invaluable for our successes in the 2017 competition and as the team moves into the new year, we are looking for partners to support the 2018 car. As such, should prospective partners have an interest in being involved, please do not hesitate to contact us with the details provided in the relevant section of the website.
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Cost and Sustainability Presentation 5th
Design Presentation 24th
Formula Student 2016
Unfortunately, the car suffered a critical ECU failure during initial fire up at Formula Student 2016 which kept us from running in any of the events. After Silverstone the car was taken back to Glasgow for repair, however the damage was too severe to repair in time for Formula Student Italy.
Needless to say, the team were disappointed, but have taken many positives away from the experience. We now look forward to the new regulations coming into force for the 2017 competition.
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Cost and Sustainability Presentation 36th
Design Presentation 72nd
Formula Student 2015
UGR secured it’s best ever results at Formula Student 2015, finishing 51st out of 97 competing entrants. The 2015 team was one of our youngest in history, comprising of mostly 2nd & 3rd year engineering students. For the majority of the team Formula Student 2015 was their first taste of competition, and everyone was eager to perform well at Silverstone.
The competition started well for the team. UGR-15 made the pre-scrutineering checklist, and was with the judges by midday on the first day. With a few minor changes to make, the team comfortably passed the first four stages of srutineering. The first big hurdle came at the Noise test. On a very hot day when everything had been going so well, the decibel noise level coming from the exhaust was too high for the Silverstone marshal’s liking. The Electronics team got to work on an attempt to bring down the idling RPM, and after a few hours of trial and error along with a few hardware modifications, the car passed the fifth stage of scrutineering.
A jubilant team rushed the car to the final scrutineering test, knowing passing here would get us on track immediately for all the events. Unfortunately joy quickly turned to despair as our front left brake disc failed, wrecking havoc in the whole assembly. With no replacement part and a broken caliper, Formula Student 2015 appeared to be over for UGR. However in a stroke of luck, the team were approached by Kazbro, a machining company based out of London who were willing to manufacture us four new brake discs overnight, to be ready in time for the final Endurance event on Sunday afternoon.
While the drama in scrutineering was ongoing, the team put in strong performances in the static events, particularly the business presentation. A huge amount of experience was gained by the team in the static events this year, and we hope to improve our results even further in 2016.
With the new brake discs arriving Sunday morning, the team rushed to pass the final few stages of scrutineering and head onto track for Endurance. A huge downpour before our timeslot brought out the wet tyres, and soon after Calum MacDonald was away in UGR-15 on track. The car lasted 6 laps, before being pulled in for an oil leak, not a big problem at all, but unfortunately resulted in a lot of smoke coming out the back! Nevertheless, the team had recovered superbly to be able to race less than 24 hours after our disc failure.
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Cost and Sustainability Presentation 51
Design Presentation 44th
Endurance 6 laps
Fuel Efficiency DNA
“I first met this Uni of Glasgow team when they competed in Class 2 at FS Russia in 2014, where they did quite well in presenting their new design.”
Pat Carke – Senior Formula Student Judge
Formula Student Russia 2014: Class 3
UGR was invited to take part in the inaugural Russian Formula Student event in Moscow. With the short notice, logistically it would have been impossible to move the car to Russia in time, so UGR entered as a Class 3 entry (confusingly called Class 2 at other events). As the inaugural event, the number of teams was slightly smaller than usual, boosting our chances of winning our first ever trophy.
And winning trophies we did. Four of them to be precise (and a go pro)! The team dominated the Class 3 event, winning 2/3 events, finishing second in the other, and scooping the overall winners trophy too. The Russian event was a fantastic cultural and engineering experience for our three team members, and we are hoping to return next year with a full car to try to repeat the performance!
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Cost and Sustainability Presentation 2nd
Design Presentation 1st
Formula Student 2014: Class 2
With the main team unable to field a car at the event, our newest recruits travelled down to Silverstone to contest the Class 2 event. For all of the team, this was their first year with UGR, and therefore their first ever competition. Not really knowing what to expect, the team arrived at the circuit just in time to hear the opening talk given by Paddy Lowe.
All the class 2 events were scheduled for Thursday. An early start allowed the team to set up their booth, patiently waiting for the design judges to arrive. After all the build up, the design and cost events went by in a flash. The team packed up the booth then went through some final preparation for the business event later that afternoon. Once out the way, there was a lot more of a relaxed feeling around the team, and now just had the nervous wait for results.
Over the next few days the team wondered the pits gaining as much information as possible and taking on any advice other teams had. Much was learnt by the team, with most members saying the best knowledge was gained by actually going and talking to people about their personal experiences with Formula Student.
Our class 2 team finished 12th overall out of 27 entrants, a fantastic effort by a team made out of newcomers. We look to use everything we learnt from the experience to help the car build next year and return to Silverstone in 2015 looking to put in a decent performance
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Cost and Sustainability Presentation 11th
Design Presentation 12th
“Great learning experience for the new team members to be built upon for future competitions”
Douglas Cowie – Head of Aerodynamics
Formula Student 2013
Formula Student 2013 got off to a shaky start for the team after an engine failure three days before the competition dashed our hopes of competing in the event. With no spare engine to replace the failed one, the decision was made to put a smaller, less powerful engine in the car with the hopes of simply getting the car rolling. This proved fruitless however, with a rethink required to fit a new Powertrain in a chassis and Drivetrain that has not been designed for such.
UGRacing still competed in the static events at Silverstone, but the lack of sleep, and a running car severly dented our chances of scoring highly in the Business and Design presentations. The team can take some positives away from the unfortunate 2013 season though. Pat Clarke, one of the most highly respected Formula Student judges worldwide was incredibly impressed with devotion of our team members and left a message on our car saying “Fantastic recovery & Best of luck next year”. The team learnt a lot from the competition despite not competing in all events, and hope to apply this knowledge next year to improve our scores.
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Cost and Sustainability Presentation 63rd
Design Presentation 75th
Fuel Efficiency DNA
“Fantastic recovery. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you guys. Great effort!”
Formula Student 2013: Team 2
2013 was the first year that UGRacing has sent a Class 2 team to Silverstone, and they performed fantastically over the weekend. Having had little practice in giving such presentations, the team impressed with their design, and costings, whilst helping Class 1, and checking out their rest of the grid in their free time. All Class 2 members that attended Silverstone have joined Class 1 for the 2014 season, with some great experience under their belts.
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Cost and Sustainability Presentation 6th
Design Presentation 9th