The competition, situated at the home of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit, aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering. The format of the event provides an ideal opportunity for the students to test, demonstrate and improve their capabilities to deliver a complex and integrated product in the demanding environment of a motorsport competition.
This was the third year of competing in the global university competition for UWR. The engineering students at the University of Wolverhampton designed and built Wolf 3 in just 8 months at the Telford Innovation Campus, and newly appointed team leader, James Small was determined to beat last years’ ranking of 27th overall and 12th UK university.
Before any teams are allowed to run their car in the dynamic events, they first have to pass 6 areas of scrutineering: safety, chassis, technical, noise, tilt and brake. UWR were FIRST out of 128 teams to pass all 6 areas, deeming their car fit and ready to compete. Understandably, the team were quick to celebrate building a reliable, safe car that stuck to IMechE guidelines. UWR were then in the spotlight and had visits to their garage from JLR and ExxonMobil.
UWR were shortlisted from 128 to 6 teams for the JLR Art of Performance Award. An award that looked into how they designed the car, the 3D printed parts used and how the car was performing. They were mainly concentrating on the exhaust system and uprights. Info on the exhaust system for Wolf 3 can be found here.
They were also shortlisted from 128 to 4 teams for the ExxonMobil Innovation Award – very similar to the award ran by JLR; judges were focusing on the exhaust system designed by final year Motorsport Engineering student, Aidan Silsby. Following the competition, Aidan was contacted by ExxonMobil to say that he had won a spot on the tour of the Red Bull F1 Factory. UWR didn’t win, but they wanted to commend Aidan for his design with an unforgettable experience!
Shortlisted from 128 to 2 teams for the Effective Communications Award – this was judged on the teams' social media pages (UWRacing) and the events they take part in that focus on engineering: Advanced Engineering Show, Autosport International, Women in Engineering Day.
Overall UWR took home 490 points, which meant they sat 13th overall and were the 9th placed UK University. 7th in fuel efficiency, and 10th in sprint out of 128 teams. Formula Student Deputy Team Leader Tom Hill won the Most Entertaining Driver Award for his confidence on track during the sprint, endurance and fastest lap events. He was known for his drifting skills going into corners. Tom received a trophy and got to go on stage in front of the other 127 teams, where he received a huge round of applause for his efforts.
At the end of the competition, UWR presented with a 2008 BMW Sauber F1 Bargeboard by Willem Toet. This was in recognition from the IMechE Formula Student judges of the teams work and step-up in design, performance, and attitude towards the competition. This huge honour left UWR feeling immensely proud of the time and effort they had put into Wolf 3.
UWR sponsors, Santander Universities invited our team to visit McLaren Technology Centre on the Monday after Formula Student for a tour of their facilities, and the opportunity to hear from both Head of Procurement, David Russell and CMO, John Aller.
On the weekend the University became a sponsor of Race Tech Magazine's event: World Motorsport Symposium. Hosted at the prestigious Institution of Mechanical Engineers at One Birdcage Walk in the heart of London, the University of Wolverhampton will be 1 of 4 universities with a presence. More information on this event can be found here.
Safe to say, the team were proud of their third year competing in the IMechE Formula Student competition; It's definitely set the bar high for July 2018!