Eng soc, in collaboration with PhySoc, (shout out to Alexander, Sam and Max ;)) managed to organise a thrilling event: a race car, wheeled into the school hall!
After copious amounts of organisation, we were able to invite back the former Borlasian Andrew Evans! We hosted Andrew, and two of his team members, who very generously brought ‘UB 20’, the twentieth generation of the university’s formula student racing car, to present to us from the University of Birmingham. After displaying it in the hall it was encouraging to see such an impressive number of younger students interested.
Their presentation also looked at engineering feats, such as the aerodynamics, which provided sufficient downward force, and the integration of the Yamaha motorbike engine. Another exciting prospect for the twenty first car is using carbon fibre for the wheels (in order to make it significantly lighter).
Birmingham were one of the first UK universities to import the Formula Student project from the USA, twenty years ago. It has since become a major UK competition, in which many Universities compete. Teams build a car to compete in four types of dynamic testing – including the 22 km ‘endurance’ race – as well as justifying their design decisions, expenditure etc. and pitching the ‘prototype’ to a panel of judges.