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City Racing Team gears up for Formula Student 2016

All roads lead to Silverstone for the premier annual student autosport competition.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Formula Student team and car 

The City Racing Team is hoping to reap success during the 2016 Formula Student Competition, which will be held this year at the Silverstone motor racing circuit from the 14th to 17th July.

Organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the annual Formula Student Competition is the world's largest student motorsport event. Ross Brawn, Team Principal of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, is Patron of the competition.

Aspiring engineers are challenged to design, build and race a single-seat racing car which is judged on its speed, acceleration, handling and endurance in trial races.

The 2016 City Racing Team comprises:  

City Racing Team car render4th Year UG Mechanical Engineering: Team Leader, Øystein Myhre, Tim Linkens, Arturs Kokins, Hiten Pindora, Manvir Bhandal, Dhiren Suhang, Parmasher Heer.

 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering: Mads Sandal, Aran Nandhra, Rikesh Pindoria, Daniyal Tahir, Ed Talboys, George Avagousti, Shruti Shalini, Kishan Halai, Leonard Sawyer, Mohammed Shaikh, Bode Brown, Richard Ward.

2nd Year Mechanical Engineering: Adnan Rahman, Bence Balogh.

2nd Year Electrical Engineering: Saif Sabban.

2nd Year Aeronautical Engineering: Thomas Agars.

The team has been hard at work over the last few months in perfecting their racing car and presentations. They will be tested on several elements, including costing, business presentation skills and design. Formula Student forms part of the students’ engineering degree course and counts towards their final mark.

City Racing Team gather round a Formula Student sitting in a car

Taking a bold step

The City Racing Team’s, CR16, marks the next evolution for City Racing by taking the monocoque from CR15 and implements a new single cylinder engine from team sponsor, TM Racing. This engine is half the weight of last year’s engine, enabling City Racing Team to take a bold step towards becoming a strong and successful contender.

Professor of Energy Systems, Professor Keith Pullen, is delighted with this year’s team efforts:

“We look forward with great anticipation to Formula Student 2016 at Silverstone. The City Racing Team has been hard at work over the last several months in fine-tuning and refining the many aspects of our car and presentations. We are confident of a very satisfactory result and we wish to salute students and staff members across the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics who have worked alongside the team.”

Monocoque construction

Monocoque construction is an automobile design technique that uses the exterior shell of the vehicle to provide structural support. This can be contrasted with traditional body-on-frame construction, which relies on the frame to provide structural integrity. Monocoque construction techniques were first used as early as 1912. Today, a modified type of monococque construction called “unit body” or unibody is very popular.

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