Sussex Racing Class 2 consists of students in their 3rd year of study at the University of Sussex from a range of Engineering disciplines. They partake in the Static events which Class 1 also enter. This is in anticipation of entering a Class 1 vehicle the following year. They create a fictional Class 1 vehicle presenting Business, Cost and Design cases to a panel of judges. In 2016, Class 2 came 4th in the UK and 8th in the World, with the Top UK Business Presentation and in 2017 the team finished 11th in the UK and 16th Overall.
Meet the Class 2 Team
Will is studying Mechanical Engineering in his third year of a four year MEng course and this year’s Class 2 Team Leader. He will be taking responsibility of all of Class 2, organising event days to various motorsport companies in order for the team to network with professional engineers and help with their development in to the working world. Will shall also provide support throughout Class 2 over the year with their Formula Student related individual projects ensuring Mobil 1 Sussex Racing starts on pole position for the 2019 season.
Sean’s role within Class 2 Sussex Racing is Chief Engineer. It is his responsibility to liaise with all other Class 2 team members, remain up to date on their project progress and check any engineering drawings before they are sent to workshop staff. He will also be supporting the Class 2 Team Leader throughout the year and organising Class 2 build help on the car where needed.
Will is studying Mechanical Engineering in his third year of his four year MEng course. He is currently shadowing the Vehicle Dynamics team designing the rear uprights and hubs for his third year dissertation project. The main objective of his individual project is to reduce weight and increase stiffness of the current uprights by utilising additive manufacturing to create biomechanical inspired designs. He will also be implementing MSC Adams and Finite Element Analysis software to test the design before 3D printing prototype parts in preparation for Sussex Racing 2019.
James is a third year automotive engineering student. This year he will be working on the rear suspension set up for the class 2 car, this will involve the computed aided design and finite element analysis of a rear suspension assembly. His key objectives are saving weight whilst maintaining reliability. As part of his suspension system he would like to design and justify a rear wheel steering aid this year with the aim of then implementing it on the SR19 car.
Jan is a third year MEng Mechanical Engineering student. This year Jan’s responsibility is to research, work collaboratively with the power train team and design effective and efficient Kinetic Energy Recovery system. This will be the first time Regenerative Braking will be utilized in Sussex Racing car, and the aim is to not only improve the vehicles energy efficiency, but also to provide a boost of power when accelerating after a turn. The final solution will be in a form of MGU-K or MGU-H.
Ryan is a third year BEng Mechanical Engineering student. He will be studying methods of regenerative braking and exploring possible designs for next year’s car. He will attempt to make the system compatible with the current KTM 450 engine in case it is reused. Matlab/Simulink will be used to model his system.
Adam is a third year student, studying Mechanical Engineering with an Industrial Placement at GE Aviation. As part of the Class 2 Formula Student team, his individual project focuses on the front suspension. This involves designing the geometry and characteristics to result in the best vehicle handling response. He will be analysing the designs that have been successful in the past and implementing the most favourable features of them, with a view to having a robust, light, and reliable mechanism to take to SR19.
Steven is a third year Mechanical Engineering MEng student. As a third year, he will be doing a theoretical build of the car and will bring a new suspension setup that this university hasn’t implemented for two years, pushrod suspension. This type of suspension will be the focus and well as the springs and dampers. This is setup will allow the suspension to be fully adjustable and allow tuning for specific event when at Silverstone. He will be using FEA to analysis the optimal geometry to see where in the design needs to be reinforcement and where weight can be cut to make the overall design lighter. His goals are to produce the optimal suspension that will allow for the maximum tire contact throughout the event.
Nassim is currently undertaking his third year in Automotive Engineering. He will create a model of a suspension for the Formula student car. It has been two years since the university last used pushrod actuated suspension and 3 years, since the coil over components have been mounted inboard (inside the car), much like the 2015 car. The main focus of this project will be on the geometry of the suspension. The geometry will be calculated and analysed (dynamically) using computer software. This suspension will have to be as adjustable as possible. The design of the components will be optimised, using FEA, in order to cut down on weight and cost while also maintaining component strength. His goals for this project are to produce a suspension which allow for as much contact between the tires and road as possible so that it’s so that it’s improvement from the previous year’s front suspension.
Ollie is a third year MEng Mechanical Engineering student. His role within the team is to design a tubular chassis capable of withstanding the forces subjected to the car, which satisfies the rules laid out by the formula student governing body. The main objectives of Ollie’s project will be to create a light and rigid base for the car, while having a higher focus on analysis and optimisation of the created chassis. Ollie will also be looking into the use of composite and alternative materials in the creation of the chassis.
Talal is currently in his fourth year of Mechanical Engineering at Sussex after also completing a foundation year. This year he is undertaking a Formula student Class 2 project designing the chassis. Talal has always had a strong passion and affection for cars, and it is this love for cars and dedication to the automotive field that drives him to achieve the best results possible.
Dhruv is in his third year of Mechanical Engineering undertaking a Formula student Class 2 project. The project involves analysis of potential performance effects of front and rear wings of the car, whilst investigating the advantages and disadvantages of using wings. This project differs from the previous year due to the new integrated design where the rear wings are dis-mountable and due to this different rear wings can be used for specific events to optimise the performance of the car.
Sean is a third year Mechanical Engineering MEng student who has just returned from a year’s placement at Vauxhall Motors. His project is looking into the application of a continuously variable transmission for the SR-19 car. This will reduce time lost to gear shifting and allow maximum fuel economy and acceleration to be obtained from the engine, helping to improve performance in both the endurance and acceleration events at Silverstone.
Elliot is in his third year of the MEng Mechanical Engineering course. Starting as a compliance officer for Mobil 1 Sussex Racing, he has progressed to undertake a Class 2 Formula Student project as his dissertation. The project involves maximising the potential of the SR18 vehicle’s single cylinder ICE through the use of turbo-charging which he hopes is successful enough for application into the SR19 vehicle.
Jacob is currently in his final year of a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently part of the class 2 team, designing a variable geometry intake system. It is his first time being involved with a project of this magnitude and he is excited about the challenges ahead.
Within the team there are a number of Compliance Officers who are Year 2 students. They assist the team with checking work against the Rules and Regulations. You can get involved with this by visiting our ‘Get Involved‘ page.