Guest lecture by industry expert: Mr Peter Weston, Race Engineer for Dyson Racing
One of the key frameworks used in motorsport introduced to us, was the acronym T-TEAM:
In the past few decades, there have been many novel designs introduced - one of which was using the engine as part of the chassis structure. Engineers had to overcome design challenges in ensuring there was sufficient stiffness in the system, as well as getting round the odd shapes to integrate the rear half of the car. Lowering the centre of gravity where possible also proved to be highly advantageous to handling.
Cue a video of Porsche's multiple DOF engine oil sump test rig, simulating the forces acting on the engine as if it were being driven on the infamous Nurburgring circuit.
Things can also go horribly wrong, as evidenced by the famous CLK-GTR and Porsche GT1 at LeMans!
1) Load path design - stiffnesses, wishbone placement, springs & damping
2) Handling - suspension & steering geometry
Well designed mechanical factors will give the driver crucial feedback, and help him extract the best of the car consistently.
Later in the afternoon, the UCL Formula Student team discussed the design of this year's car with Mr Weston, and enhanced their knowledge of chassis set-up and handling.
Overall, MR Weston shared a wealth of knowledge in the day with us, and we are very grateful that he visited us at UCL. We wish him the very best for the upcoming race season across the Atlantic!
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