The team can be divided up into several essential sections. These cover the technical and physical aspects of the car, as well as the off-track events such as cost and business. There structure of the team revolves around these areas, with heads of each department and the engineers which they manage.
Our Aerodynamics department is responsible for all wings and aerodynamic devices on the car. The department is one of the largest on the UBRacing team, with roles including CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), Structure Design and Composite Manufacturing. The team has to be incredibly creative throughout the design process to comply with the Formula Student regulations, as well as understanding the broader impact that the devices have on the behaviour of the car.
The UBRacing Business department requires a broad range of skills including financial management, social media enterprise and media experience. The team organises the Business Plan Presentation at the Formula Student events as well as the team’s social media channels. The Business department is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with UBRacing and gain experience in financial planning, decision making, public speaking and website design.
The chassis department designs and builds the underpinning structure of the car, including the folded carbon fibre monocoque, rear sub-frame and crash structure. The chassis team implement constant innovation, highlighted by being presented with the Kube Crashbox Award for our combined nosecone/impact attenuator at Formula Student Germany 2018.
The cost department are responsible for creating the BOM (Bill of Materials) and CBOM (Costed of Bill of Materials). A knowledge of all aspects of the car is required, along with the associated manufacturing processes and is therefore a great way to learn about about how the team functions. Our results in the cost event have steadily improved in the past few years as a result of the hard work and commitment of the team.
The drivetrain department is responsible for the transfer of mechanical energy from the engine to the wheels. This is inclusive of the chain, sprocket, differential and driveshafts. The department offers a steep learning curve into the topic of Mechanical Design and requires use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to design components that minimise the energy lost through the drivetrain system.
The powertrain holds responsibility for the propulsion of the vehicle. UBRacing has over 21 years of experience in powertrain design & development with improvements to be made every year. The team currently run a naturally aspirated Yamaha YZF-R6 600cc engine. The skills and experience our team members earn during their time in the powertrain department has allowed them to secure leading positions at companies such as Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, Red Bull Racing, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team and Jaguar Land Rover.
UBR&D (Research & Development)
Our highly regarded UBR&D department encapsulates our final year students, usually fresh from placement years in industries such as Motorsport, Automotive and Aviation. It is perhaps one of the most advanced departments in UBRacing with technical projects including rear wheel steering, a dry sump system, custom differentials and vehicle data analysis. Projects that prove themselves to be consistently reliable and cost-effective make it onto the car, however all projects demonstrate the engineering knowledge and expertise that serves UBRacing students well throughout their careers.
The vehicle dynamics department studies all aspects of the vehicle in motion. Through analysis of previous performances and dynamic simulations, the VD team design and implement the suspension system to control how the car behaves on track. The most recent innovation of our VD team are carbon fibre wheels, which made their debut on UBR21. Previous VD team members now have positions at Williams F1 and Racing Point Force India F1 Team.