Design, build and test of a single seater race car for the FSAE / Formula Student competitions
Group Members2019 – 20 Committee: Chris Sheffer, Anokh Vithayathil, Dan Roback, Harry Dagnell, Allar Asjoe, John Mulcahy, Evan Nichol, James Cleverley, Wahaj Saif, Batool Mansour, Pantelis Karamailis, Matteo Duvia, Ciaran McCarthy, Benjamin Candlin, Michael Preston, Adomas Lebedys, Anurag Sahare, Nathan Rowley-Smith, Carlos Boschetto, Caleb St. Hill, Thomas Gilles, Lee Shaun Theodore, Jeremy Weber, Xenia Magdaleno-Tseng, Nicholas Loh
SupportersEDMC, Santander, BP, Gurit, Southampton Freight Services (SFS), Schaeffler, Matshop, EvoScann, Loctite, RS Components, Igus, Gratnells, MGMetals, Carrington Boats, Altair, Domino’s, Emkay Plastics, Accu, Renishaw, ASH Wireless, Cynergy3, Ecotile, VI Grade, Trelleborg, Extreme Signs, Ricardo, Seat Surgeons, Norelem, Simtech Racing, Faculty of Physical Sciences
Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) designs and builds a single-seater racecar to compete at Formula Student events held throughout Europe. The team operates on an extracurricular basis and comprises of over 200 students from a variety of course backgrounds. The team provides weekly tutorial learning opportunities on top of their regular meetings and is divided into technical and operational departments. The technical departments include Aerodynamics, Chassis, Concepts, Drivetrain, Electronics, Powertrain, Race Engineering, Simulations and Suspension. This year, the team focussed on increasing driveability and carried out an extensive track testing programme to achieve this. Their 2020 car, STAG VII, features an innovative composite monocoque, CBR600RR motorbike engine, carbon fibre suspension and a full aerodynamics package. An array of improvements has been made across the car, including: a mass reduction of 16 kg, 3D aerodynamic geometry using additively manufactured moulds, optimised suspension components, enhanced driver ergonomics, quicker steering rack and electric shifter for improved driver performance. SUFST was set to compete in the UK, Dutch and Eastern European events however these have now been replaced by virtual alternatives. The team has taken the opportunity of this downtime to accelerate their plans to switch an electric drivetrain, with their first EV due to compete in 2022.