With design freeze around the corner, let’s look at one of the most exciting developments of the year; designing a full aerodynamic underfloor for the SR13.
Underfloors, as shown, are prominent in F1, they generate downforce by accelerating the airflow under the car and creating a low-pressure region that pulls the car towards the floor. These are great for aerodynamic packages because they create very little drag and improve cornering speed without too much negative effect to straight line speed.
Source: The Race
The aerodynamics team have been hard at work applying these concepts to formula student, beginning development all the way back in July, and are proud to say that the design is ready to go. After over 50 iterative designs, and even more development completed on the front wing to optimise underfloor performance, we’re excited to test the package out on the track and see the performance increase it brings.
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. Findley is SHU Racing’s project manager, overseeing multidisciplinary projects including recruitment, junior member education and business development. He’s also heading up the aerodynamics department this year, leading the development of the underfloor and optimisation the full package.
Name: Findley Scrivener
Course: MEng Mechanical Engineering
Role: Project Manager and Lead Aerodynamicist
Number of years with the Team: 2
Hobbies and Interests: Motorsport, aerodynamics, and cooking
Favourite Car: McLaren P1
Dream Job: F1 Lead Aerodynamicist
Reasons for Joining SHU Racing: To apply my knowledge of aerodynamics into something bigger than personal projects and learn more about carbon fibre manufacturing.