Rocking Some New Changes!
The suspension system has been drastically developed since the 2020 season and will be fully implemented in this year's car with further improvements being developed for this year’s car. The new geometry should improve the handling qualities of the car the improving in all aspects, this in turn will provide an edge at Silverstone.
The major change for this season is the move to air shocks from conventional spring shocks, the benefits being the greater range of adjustability for spring rate at each corner and much lower weight for each shock. This will have a large impact on the overall weight of the car. It will also allow much easier adjustment for the spring rate for each driver that will be in the car at the competition.
The move to a carbon fibre monocoque has meant that changes had to be made to the layout of the suspension components such as the rockers and shock mounts, this has led to a unique mounting position for the shocks and rocker at the rear of the car and outboard suspension mounting for the front suspension. The changes to the suspension mounting now mean that the car has pull rod suspension at both the front and rear of the car which allowed the most ideal motion ratio and maximises the handling qualities of the car.
A new backplate has been developed for the car which was needed to accommodate the new monocoque shape and an outboard differential, it also provides more options for exhaust rooting options and is crucial for suspension, rockers and shock mounts.
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 a member of our Suspension team Nikhil Gomez.
Nikhil is the suspension and media manager for the team this year, so most of the pictures and videos you see from us come from his creative viewpoint. He has plans to further expand the media side of the team this year such as providing a monthly vlog the first of which should be out at the end of the month, so keep an eye out for that!
He joined the team as he has a passion for motorsport and Formula Student is the most direct pathway in gaining valuable experience that can be easily translated into a working environment after university.
Name: Nikhil Gomez
Course: MEng Aerospace Engineering
Role: Suspension & Media Manager
Number of years with the Team: 1
Hobbies and Interests: F1, Cinematography, Photography & Gaming
Favourite Car: McLaren Senna GTR
Dream Job: Formula 1 Trackside Aerodynamicist
Reasons for Joining SHU Racing: Massive fan of motorsport and use technical knowledge for something practical.