Now that Michaelmas is well under way, Oxford University Racing has been progressing faster than ever! Since this is the first year that Oxford University has been involved with the Formula Student Competition, there hasn’t before been a precedent set. It has therefore been exciting to organise and attend the initial welcoming meetings and workshops for the all the different teams associated with the project, giving us the opportunity to work together and stay updated about everything that is going on.
An example of this is our weekly workshop at the Oxford Foundry, a dynamic new space designed for large projects to come together and collaborate within their sub-teams. Our inaugural workshop last Wednesday was very enjoyable and it was great to discover what the other teams have been doing recently. It is also useful to receive input from people less closely associated with your individual area of the project. We now have around 40 people involved and we are looking forward to welcoming some more freshers over the next couple of weeks.
An interesting development that has taken place this week is from the Powertrain division, who are responsible for the fundamental motor that will be powering our race car! They were pleased to finally get some hands-on experience in running a small model motor, which will hopefully be similar to the tests that they will eventually undertake on our full scale item! It also gave them the chance to apply and consolidate some of the theory they’ve studied so far. All in all it was a fantastic learning experience as beginning on a scaled down version allowed the team to learn the practical aspects of the motor’s functioning without infringing any of the safety risks involved.
This is just a small snippet of the overall progress we are making! Keep on checking our social media accounts to hear more about the Aero team’s first designs of the car, the developments of the other divisions, and our Facebook page for team member introductions which will be starting on Saturday!