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.