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Uprights Delivery

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Our teeny tiny super shiny UGR-19 Uprights have arrived!

🗣 “We would like to say a huge thank you to Tannlin for manufacturing them for us. This new design has a 42% mass reduction when compared to last year. Packaging an upright within the 10” wheels was certainly a challenge but it was a honour to work on them as my Final Year Project” – Cara MacKay, Head of Unsprung Mass

Special Visitors

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Today we welcomed some local high school students to our UGR garage! UGR’s Head of Unsprung Mass, Cara, spoke to the students about Formula Student, our cars and studying engineering at UofG. The visit was part of our Outreach program which aims to encourage local students to consider studying engineering – hopefully we’ll see them on the UGR team in a few years!


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Our new hubs have arrived! “The hubs for UGR-19’s unsprung assembly have reduced the overall weight of the hub assembly by 30% as well as reducing the number of assembly features, and all within the smaller space of our new 10″ wheels. The photos speak for themselves!” – Finlay McNeil, Hubs Designer

An Exciting New Update…

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To welcome in April we thought we’d share our biggest and most ambitious design improvement in UGR’s history. After months of material research, hours of structural simulations and many team branding meetings – here it is. Enjoy!

Wheel Delivery

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Our new 10″ wheels from Braid have arrived! UGR-19’s most notable change is the reduction from 13” wheels to 10” wheels, accompanied by smaller hubs, uprights and brake disks, consequently resulting in a reduced vehicle mass.


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This year we’re delving into the world of aerodynamics with an undertray and a diffuser! We’ve fabricated the mould inhouse; now to fill some gaps and apply primer before carbon fibre resin infuser.

Build Update

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The fuel tank, cooling system, exhaust heat shield and shifter have been dry fitted in position. This will allow us to finalise our packaging around the engine before the chassis is sandblasted and painted.


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We’d like to say a massive thank you to Hague Fasteners (@specialfastener) for supplying us with their top quality fasteners! We’ll be using these for securing our wheels to the unsprung mass assembly this year.

Fuel Tank

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Today we completed the first manufacturing stage of our brand new fuel tank. Thank you to G&M Radiators for helping us out! This year’s fuel tank is smaller and has a thinner wall thickness, so we’ve added ribs to improve stiffness (get your mind out of the gutter…)

Pedal Box Update

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Matt has been hard at work in the garage building a steel prototype pedal box which will be machined from aluminium once all the mechanisms and packaging are finalised. The aim is to reduce the size and increase the stiffness of the design.

Chassis Updates

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The UGR team have been hard at work in the garage! At the beginning of February we removed the chassis from the MDF jig, then positioned and fabricated our steering collum. We then test fitted the engine, intake and exhaust to allow us to get all the mounting sorted for the radiator, headrest and other powertain and driver environment components. So far, so good! Keep an eye on our Instagram (@ugracing) for regular build updates.

UGR-19 Sprockets

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Check out our brand new sprockets for UGR-19!

Daniel, who designed the sprockets, explains: “It was decided that a new final drive ratio was needed to complement the switch to smaller 10-inch wheels. With the help of OptimumLap simulations, a smaller rear sprocket was decided upon and then simulated in the finite element software Abaqus to ensure the geometry can withstand the torque from the engine.” ⁣

A big thanks to the University of Glasgow’s mechanical workshop for making them for us.

Congratulations to Andrew!

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A massive congratulations to our old Team Principal, Andrew Reid, who has just started working at Williams F1 team. Andrew led the team for 3 years, including in 2018 when we achieved our best ever result. From driving the car to presenting in the business presentation finals – Williams are lucky to have him!Andrew driving UGR-18 at Silverstone during Formula Student 2018

UGRacing Visitors

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The team have been delighted to welcome several visitors over the last couple of months. 

In November several members from The Hammermen of Glasgow dropped by to hear about our Silverstone success and our plans for the upcoming year. We are incredibly appreciative that The Incorporation have offered their support in previous years and hope their logo will be remaining on our 2019 car!

At the beginning of January GU68 Trustees Donald Coutts and George Leslie visited for a progress report and garage visit. We’re very grateful to the Engineers’ Trust who have granted us funding this year and we thoroughly enjoyed their visit. 

GU68 trustees in the UGR garage

UGRacing Q&A with IMechE

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Chris Smout from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers recently reached out to the team to ask if we’d like to do an interview which would be featured on the IMechE website, and of course we said “yes!”.

You can read the full interview here

A big thank you to Chris for getting us involved.

Forrestburn Hillclimb Track Demonstration

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This week the team took UGR-18 to Forrestburn Hillclimb track to do a demonstration run. The visit was organised with Monklands Car Club as part of our outreach programme to increase engagement with the local motorsport community and was attended by local college students and members of Scottish Motorsport. Despite the freezing conditions we managed to get UGR-18 out on a few laps of the hill climb track, with our driver Neil describing the experience as “absolutely awesome!”. We also managed to collect some data from the laps which will be useful justifying suspension design and improving our mathematical model simulations of the car. The event marked the last run of UGR-18, but was definitely a fitting farewell!

UGR-18 at Forrestburn Hill ClimbPhoto courtesy of Robert Morris @robertjohnmorris

Testing at WSKC

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We’ve made good progress on redesigning our unsprung mass and suspension systems in preparation for the move from 13″ to 10″ wheels. To aid this redesign we took UGR-18 to WSKC for testing. We have been able to collect vehicle dynamics telemetry data in order to help with design verification for UGR-19. The focus for the day was on suspension and unsprung mass, however, the team also ran noise tests on our exhaust silencer to validate Ricardo WAVE simulations. We were able to experiment with ways to minimise noise while maximising power, such as body panel dampening. The testing will be invaluable for the designing of UGR-19.

You can head over to our YouTube channel to watch an onboard video from the day!

car at wskc

2019 Team Structure

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This season UGRacing has added over 30 members to the team. From a range of various backgrounds, the new members are already extremely excited to contribute and bring new skills to the design of the car and help with the smooth running of the team. With this large increase in the team’s size, we can spread our work more effectively and put our resources to better use.

With the large recruitment effort this season, the sub-teams have expanded significantly. As such, Human Resources & Logistics has split from Sponsorship & Marketing to form a new sub-team. This will allow for smoother organisation of specific events such as our annual car launch with more specialised team roles now in place.

This year also sees the return of our Team 2, made entirely of new recruits, who will spend the year working on a design-only project which will also be entered at the Formula Student competition in July. Each new recruit has been paired with a more experienced team member, a teaching method developed in recent years with great success

Dyno Testing Update

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On Monday 26th Feb, we took the UGR-17 car to Sitech Racing in Wellwood to do some engine tuning and Dyno runs. While we didn’t have enough time for a full map, after some adjustments the engine now runs smoothly and works well with the recent fuel system changes, including the new fuel pressure regulator. The guys from Sitech were exceptionally friendly and we’re looking forward to seeing them again in a few weeks when we bring them our new engine for a full tune and some power runs.


Testing at Cranfield

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Team heads Andrew and Todd, team member Callum and former Head engineer Kester recently took a trip down to Cranfield Impact Centre, a vehicle testing lab on Cranfield University campus. The test involved sliding a 634kg mass into a representation of the front section of our car, consisting of the front bulkhead, steel anti-intrusion plate, and aluminium honeycomb impact attenuator. The exact results were very close to our predictions from past tests and simulations and we are confident our report will satisfy the FSUK judges and allow us to compete at Silverstone in the summer.

Alongside the testing, we were also given a tour of the Cranfield University campus. Thanks to all the team at the Impact Centre, we have gained some highly valuable data that can be carried forward into future years to further improve the safety and competitiveness of our car. In addition, a special mention must be given for our main supporter, Arnold Clark, who were able to provide us with a rental car to make the journey.”

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.

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.


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.

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:

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.

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

UGRacing at Dinner With Industry

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UGRacing were delighted to showcase the car at the Glasgow University Dinner with Industry event on the 8th of November. The dinner, which brought together students and professionals from a range of engineering companies, allowed the chance for UGRacing members to speak to potential employers such as ch2m and Selex Es who sponsored the dinner. It also gave us the chance to introduce people to our car, showing off all the work from the past year to faculty, other students and professionals. It was an honour to be mentioned and we would like to thank the University’s Engineering Society for organizing the evening.