Flowing in the Right Direction!
For 2022 the front and rear wing will be adapted slightly to increase the downforce without severely increasing the drag. To achieve more accurate results the flow speed has been reduced to 15m/s from 30m/s, which is the average speed found from the quickest time around the FSUK endurance track in 2021 from the SHU Racing car.
Furthermore, additional aerodynamic devices will be added to the car, including either side venturis or side wings and a rear diffuser. This will be the first time the SHU Racing car will have either one of these aerodynamic features and will provide much higher levels of downforce in comparison to the 2021 car.
So far, 12 new front wing designs have been put through 2D simulations and 3D simulations have begun. Also, designs for the side venturi/wings and diffuser have been made.
The side wing vs side venturi will be an exciting decision that will be made before the design freeze. Not only will aero performance be examined but manufacturing capability and cost effectiveness too.
The aim for the 2022 car is to generate 1.5-2 times the downforce from last year’s car.
Meet the Team
Meet the Team is an opportunity for us to give you a chance to learn a little more about the people who make up SHU Racing. This week, we welcome our new Aerodynamics and Meeting Manager Morgan Hulme. Morgan oversees designing and developing the aerodynamic features on the car consisting of the front wing, the rear wing and new to this year side wings or venturis and a rear diffuser. Also, Morgan takes lead on all the meetings the SHU Racing team has, compiling all the key information that is said and documenting them to give a timeline through the year. From the meetings, weekly action plans are drafted which gives each manager in the team an aim to complete for the week.
Name: Morgan Hulme
Course: Meng Mechanical Engineering
Role: Aerodynamics Manager and Meetings Manager
Number of years with the Team: 2
Hobbies and Interests: F1, Football, Tennis and Golf.
Favourite Car: Nissan GTR
Dream Job: F1 Aerodynamic Engineer
Reasons for Joining SHU Racing: SHU Racing offers knowledge that the Meng Mechanical Engineering course does not. This is working in a multi-disciplinary team to meet hard deadlines with the pressure of competing and showcasing the work you have built and spent a year designing and manufacturing. Also, SHU Racing offers the manufacturing opportunities that are rare to study on a course. Working with carbon to lay up on all the wing moulds is a great experience.