Oli Albert, Technical Director
"This term, Full Blue racing have made great progress towards what is looking to be our most successful year. With a welded chassis complete and uprights ready for manufacture, the team are confident that we will be ready for testing early next year, with more time than ever before to improve and optimize the design."
Jon Stafford, Chassis
Over the past term the Chassis sub team has been focusing on creating a fully welded Chassis in order to allow other teams to start physical testing and the packaging of their parts. In order to achieve this, a wooden jig was designed and built to locate all the tubes in space for welding and dressing. Once welding was completed the jig was smashed in order to free the Chassis.
Recently all the safety critical brackets such as seat belt, head rest, and Impact attenuator plates have been designed, simulated and welded to the chassis. This has allowed drivers to be “fitted” to a prototype seat in order to check for rule compliance and ergonomic fit.
Looking forward the team is focusing on mounting all other critical parts to the car such as the engine, peddle box and seat and is hoping to have all the VD brackets welded in place by early February in order to meet the target of a rolling chassis by March.
Daniel Steventon, Electronics
William has made a data transmission test system which can be adapted to the car. It uses radio transmitters and receivers to transmit data read in from sensors using an arduino to a receiving system which passes the data to a laptop via serial which can graph it in real time.
The designs of the loom in EPLAN have been reviewed and adapted to this year's car. This allows us to know the length of the wires needed to connect the various parts of the car.
The PCB’s for connecting to the ECU have been designed and manufactured in the department and are ready for testing on the car in the new year.
A stimulator has been built to test the ECU and to generate data for testing the dashboard and the Data transmission system without having to run the car.
The design of the steering wheel has been reviewed and modified to incorporate new buttons. The layout of the display on the screen has been designed and programmed and is ready for testing.
Fraser McKay, Powertrain
The majority of work regarding Powertrain is usually done after the basis of the car is built, nevertheless, our subteam has been up to few things this term. First of all, our paddle shifters have been built, and are nearly ready to fit on the car.
The engine mounts have also been made and they are already welded to the chassis. Also, a new sump has been designed and manufacture is beginning, we've printed a test inlet plenum, and are working on ways to make it better.
Ryan Wilkins, Vehicle Dynamics
Front and rear uprights have been designed. These will be sent off for manufacture, along with the hubs, so that we have parts ready to be fitted at the start of next term.
We created a preliminary design for a jig to hold the VD boxes in place for welding and have laser cut it in order to see what needed modifying.
There are a few other research-based projects aimed at improving next year’s car. I hoped by setting this kind of work, the new team members would gain a better understanding of how different elements of VD can be designed and this should hopefully prepare them for designing next year’s car when many of the core team members will either graduate or be away on industrial placements
In Michaelmas, the Bodywork and Aero subteam has been undertaking conceptual design work and testing. We have been researching the various types of aerodynamic components and investigating their performance benefits on the FBR18.
Additionally, the team has been doing materials and manufacturing analysis, practicing laying up fibreglass, testing strength and stiffness, and improving component finish and painting.
Over the holiday we will be designing our aerodynamic package, finalising the bodywork CAD, and preparing mould designs.