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Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics

The City Racing story

The Challenge

The Formula Student brief sets the task of producing a prototype single-seat race car for evaluation. Students will gain a range of skills and knowledge from working on the technical, business, management and marketing aspects of the project. Formula Student provides the perfect opportunity for students to showcase their talents and improve their employability.

Class 1 is for fully constructed and running vehicles as defined by the FSAE and FS rules with competition points awarded for static and dynamic events designed as a thorough test of the vehicles performance:

Static events:

  • Design
  • Business Presentation
  • Cost & Sustainability.

Dynamic events:

  • Acceleration
  • Skid Pad
  • Sprint and Endurance & Fuel Economy

2013-14

The CR13 was essentially a good start as the first entry into Formula Student. It gave the CityRacing team a strategic model to work from and for the next entry, an entire re-design was not needed, thus enabling the team to concentrate on improving smaller adaptations that would make the car a better model. To increase performance and drivability of the vehicle, the team focused on weight saving in all areas of the car, refining the chassis layout and extensively tuning the engine.

The team also made the addition of electronic data logging equipment to improve the performance of CR13 and also, to aim to improve future City Racing car models.

Specifications

Vehicle typeSingle seat weekend race car
EngineYamaha 2004 R6 YZF (600cc inline 4)
Peak power/torque68 kW @ 13000 RPM, 61 Nm @ 8000 RPM
ChassisTIG welded steel spaceframe
Dry Weight240 Kg No Aero, 250 Kg with Aero
Wheelbase and track1.575m wheelbase, front track: 1200mm, rear track: 1150 mm
Suspension FrontUnequal A-Arm, pull rod actuated spring and damper
Suspension RearUnequal A-Arm, pull rod actuate spring and damper
Drive configurationRear wheel, chain drive
Wheels3 Piece Aluminium Rim, 20.5 x 6.5 x 12R25B Hoosier Tyres

2012-13

The CR12 met it's design objectives and essentially was developed as a good base for the City Racing team. The main aim of the next car, CR13 was to develop the solid base and tweak the minor errors that the team encountered at the previous year's competition. As with the previous year, the team focused on the design phase of the CR13 paying critical attention to performance and weight issues.

City Racing has never before been able to complete all of the dynamic events at the Formula Student competition, and this was the team's main aim with CR13.
Formula-student-car-2013

Specifications

Vehicle typeSingle seat weekend race car
EngineYamaha 2004 R6 YZF (600cc Incline 4)
Peak power/torque56 kW @ 9000 RPM, 51.8 Nm @ 8000 RPM
ChassisTIG Welded Steel Spaceframe
Dry weight252 Kg
Wheelbase and track1.60m Wheelbase, Front Track: 1200 mm, Rear Track: 1150 m
SuspensionUnequal A-Arm, push rod actuated spring and damper Unequal A-Arm, direct actuated spring and damper
Drive configurationRear wheel, chain drive
Wheels3 Piece Aluminium Rim, 20.5 x 6.5 x 13R25B Hoosier Tyres

Achievements

Overall47th Place
Business presentation55th 43.05/75
Cost and sustainability43rd 53.01 01/100
Design55th 72/150
Acceleration42nd 4.916 secs 21.27/75
Skidpad46th 6.262 secs 2.5/50
Sprint44th 68.552 secs 34.88/150
Endurance25th 17/22 laps, 17/300 points

2011-12

City Racing 12, or 'CR12' was the City Racing team's first entry to Formula Student, providing a critical base upon which the team developed the design for the inaugural car. The car was developed to be reliable, simple, cost effective and appealing to the amateur weekend racer. The number one priority of CR12 was reliability so the team could meet the Formula Student objectives and complete all dynamic events over the race weekend. CR12 moved City Racing into a respectable position reflecting the team's potential and ambitions for the future.

Specifications

Vehicle typeSingle seat weekend race car
EngineYamaha 2004 R6 YZF (600cc inline 4)
Peak power/torque56 kw @ 90000 RPM, 51.8 Nm @ 8000 RPM
ChassisTIG Welded Steel Spaceframe
Dry weight275 Kg
Wheelbase and track1.75m Wheelbase, Front track: 1200mm, rear rack: 1150 mm
Suspension frontUnequal A-Arm, push rod actuated spring and damper
Suspension rearUnequal A-Arm, push rod actuated spring and damper
Drive configurationRear wheel, chain drive
Wheels3 Piece Aluminium rim, 20.5 x 6.5 x 12R25B hoosier tyres

Achievements

Overall86th Place
Business Presentation74th 32.1/75
Cost & sustainability75h 37.6/100
Design90th 20/150

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