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Ignition Festival

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This weekend UGR-17 was displayed at Ignition Festival of Motoring in the SECC Glasgow. The packed festival kept the team busy and talkative, with many of the younger attendees even getting a chance to sit in the car. UGR-17 was exhibited alongside legendary F1 cars, championship winning rally cars, as well as supercars, classics, motorbikes, and more! The weekend was a success for the team, with the stall busy all weekend with impressed spectators.

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Anthony Nolan Ben Nevis Challenge

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A massive well done to all our team members who have summited Ben Nevis today! Earlier this year our Head of Logistics, Eve, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Eve’s unfortunate diagnosis has inspired UGRacing to support her and others facing blood cancers and disorders, by raising money and awareness for Anthony Nolan. UGRacing’s Ben Nevis Challenge has raised over £1,250 for the charity so far, a fantastic achievement by all involved.

Please take the time to read more about our story and the challenge we have taken on to raise vital funds for an incredible charity.

 

https://www.justgiving.com/UGRacing

https://www.AnthonyNolan.org

#DrivenToCure

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UGR car launch!

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UGRacing were delighted to unveil this year’s entry in the Formula Student UK 2017 event to sponsors, family, friends and fellow competitors. The event was a great success with all attendees enjoying the event. In addition, we were honoured to have received a personal message from the 2017 Le Mans winner in the LMGTE Pro class, Jonny Adam.

With the event now over, all that remains is to complete some more testing, allowing all drivers sufficient time to practise in the car. The team is extremely confident that this year will be the best yet and can’t wait to compete at the competition.

 

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Our Condolences for Sir Arnold Clark

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UGRacing are deeply saddened by the news of Sir Arnold Clark’s passing last week. Arnold Clark Automobiles have been a valued partner of UGRacing for many years, and their support has been invaluable in the team’s progress. Sir Arnold Clark was an inspirational business man and on behalf of UGRacing, we extend our condolences to his family and loved ones.

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UGRacing Enter Formula SAE Italy 2016

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Today the team received confirmation of our entry place at Formula SAE Italy 2016! The event will be held at the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti in Italy between the 22nd and 25th of July.

This is the teams first ever appearance at Formula SAE Italy, and our first appearance at a second Class 1 competition.

More information about the event can be found here:

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UGR Confirmed at Formula Student 2016

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Exciting news today as we confirmed our place at the 2016 installation of Formula Student. It will be held at Silverstone International Race Circuit between the 14th and 17th of July this summer. The team are looking to improve on results from last year and are in the final stage of perfecting our 2016 car.

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2015 Reflection

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First semester is almost over and exam season is now upon us. As the team winds down its activities for the year, we can look back on what has been an incredibly successful 2015. Back in July, UGRacing recorded their best ever results at Formula Student, finishing 17th out of 45 UK teams, and overall 51st out of 97 competing entries. While this was a fantastic achievement for all involved, it marks only the beginning of a long journey to turn UGR into a highly competitive Formula Student team.

As is the nature of any university student project, the team is a constant revolving door of fresh faces (and with them, new ideas). If you’re lucky, at the very most you get 5 years out of a team member. In such a short timeframe, learning the relevant skills, developing and furthering team ideas, and then passing on everything you’ve learnt to younger team members is by no means an easy task. Knowledge retention is an area the team has failed at in the past, and something I have directly tried to improve during my time as Team Principal. Only time will tell how effective these changes has been, but I believe the fact that UGR-16 is in many ways an upgraded version of its predecessor shows that we are on the right track.

Nevertheless, it is always sad to lose team members that have been affiliated with UGR for the majority of their university careers. This year we have said goodbye to two members in particular who collectively have spent almost 10 years with the team. Throughout their time, Calum MacDonald & Yavor Gegov have held a number of senior positions as well as designing multiple key components on our cars. On behalf of everyone in the team I want to thank them for all their contributions and wish them the very best of luck in the future.

With the successes of our 2015 year now a comforting memory, everyone is fully focused on making UGR-16 our fastest car to date. The finishing touches are being added to the designs, and the team is now entering the manufacturing phase of the season. The 23 new recruits are also beginning to settle into UGR and we’re excited to see their contributions to the team in years to come. However in the short-term future, exams take precedence and the team has already begun to wrap things up for this semester. UGR has had a fantastic start to this academic year, and we looking forward to showing off our newest creation at our 2016 car launch.

Andrew Reid

Team Principal