Welcome to a new season and in many ways a fresh start for UGRacing! A lot has changed since our last proper newsletter earlier this year. With new places and fresh faces (myself included!), the start to our 2014/15 season has been dramatic to say the least.
After being unable to field a running car at the competition this year, UGRacing found its feet again with a solid performance by our development team in their Silverstone design competition. Out of 24 original entries, our rookie members finished in 12th place, beating teams with budgets several times larger than our own. However the team’s biggest success this summer came in September at the inaugural Formula Student Russia competition. UGRacing won the Class III event, bringing home the team’s first ever trophies! As well as finishing overall winners, the team also won the individual design and business competitions, and placed second in the cost presentation.
Over the summer we have had to say goodbye to several long-term members as they graduate or go on placement. It is always sad to lose team members, and we wish them the very best of luck in the future wherever they end up. However this has paved the way for several members of last year’s development team to step up to Class I and show what they are capable of.
Thousands of hours have already been put into the development of our 2015 challenger, and it pleases me to say that we are roughly 6 months ahead of where we were last year. At this stage we are looking to have the car built by the start of March 2015, a new record for the team.
Finally, on behalf of the team I would like to thank both the University and all of our sponsors for their continued support. Their helpfulness has made this transition period smoother than I could have imagined, and we would not be standing in such a strong position without them. I hope you enjoy this first newsletter of what is arguably the start of a new chapter in UGRacing’s history.