It has been a busy few months for Oxford University Racing as many of our team members have been preparing for exams, but despite this, the design for the car which we will be competing with in 2020 is almost complete! And towards the end of the Easter Vacation, manufacturing began.
In the last week of the break, the chassis jigs were completed. The chassis tubing, a tube mill which will ease manufacture, and the impact attenuator have both been delivered, putting the Chassis and Packaging team in a prime to position to continue their manufacturing work over the summer. The Electronics team meanwhile have milled some printed circuit boards using the department’s prototyping machine; this has proved invaluable as testing has revealed some flaws in the design, allowing the team to revise and improve their work. The design will be finished by the end of term, allowing the team to order professionally manufactured printed circuit boards.
Control have moved from design to implementation and testing; they implemented all of their initial models into Simulink, allowing the team to debug and test them. Once these models have been fully debugged, performance testing can begin. The Simulations team have developed an algorithm to optimise the racing line to achieve the fastest lap time around the track. They have also completed a tyre model using data from the Tire Test Consortium and are currently working on incorporating it within the vehicle dynamics model to give them a model of the whole car; they hope to connect the system to a steering wheel and pedals soon, which will create the opportunity for driver testing.
The aluminium panels for the side section of the bodywork have been purchased and electronic cooling fans have been delivered. The Aerodynamics and Cooling team are in talks to acquire a radiator soon. Current analysis of the cooling systems is consistent with their desired specifications, and in the next few weeks the specifications will be confirmed for manufacture; this will put the team in a great position to test the system after Trinity exams.
Powertrain have completed their gearbox/motor assembly model and drawings are now being created for manufacture. The team will be taking their casing design to Formula Student to compete in Class Two. The Operations side of the team meanwhile have been busy preparing to take the team to Silverstone, and the whole team is very excited to enter the competition for the first time.