The 2020 Round-UP
In our final newsletter of the year, we’re looking back at how SHU Racing has continued to grow during a global pandemic as well as talking about last week’s regional showcase.
We’ll be back in the new year after the Semester 1 exam period with design, manufacture and sponsor updates. From everyone at SHU Racing, we hope all our followers have a safe and happy Christmas and are looking forward to the new year with optimism!
The IMechE Regional Showcase - Yorkshire
Every March, Formula Student teams from across Yorkshire meet to discuss the car they are planning to present at Silverstone in a few months’ time. This is a great opportunity for us all to see what other teams learned from the previous event and are planning to implement this year. As well as this we are given the opportunity to ask questions of students at other universities who are working towards the same goal as us.
Last Tuesday, an additional virtual event hosted by Leeds Gryphon Racing (University of Leeds) with each team making a presentation to discuss our aims and objectives for the year as well as any limitations that we may have come across and how we have/ will overcome them. Also in attendance were; Sheffield Formula Racing (University of Sheffield), Team Bradford Racing (University of Bradford) and Team HARE (University of Huddersfield).
SHU Racing found it very interesting to listen to all the presentations on how universities are managing the COVID 19 restrictions and how this has individually affected each team. This has varied from budget cuts, to having no access to their usual lab facilities as well as a reduced intake of students. One thing all teams seemed to have managed to adapt to is remote working. A variety of different platforms are being made use of for meetings and social events. This varies from Google meet, to Teams and Discord to Slack as well as others.
SHU Racing would like to wish all the teams the best of luck over the coming months and looks forward to meeting with you all again in March to learn more about your 2021 competitors.
Looking back on 2020
With 2020 finally drawing to a close, we’re looking back on what the team has achieved in this very difficult year. Whilst it may not have panned out exactly as we expected it too, there is certainly plenty for us to be proud of!
Sadly, there was no physical FSUK event held this summer and the team took the decision not to enter the virtual event. This means there will never be a way of quantifying the success of the 2020 team. However, thanks to their hard work and excellent design, the 2021 team were provided with an excellent base to begin work from and therefore they have been fundamental to anything we achieve this year.
CAD (Computer Aided Design) model of SHU Racing 2020
This year began as it always does, with the recruitment of the new team. We were a little apprehensive over the summer as to how many students would come forward this year wishing to be a part of SHU Racing. As usual we had no need to be worried and we are now a team of around 70 people.
Through the continued hard work of this year’s managers, the design of the 2021 car was frozen last week. This means all critical components are now fixed and no hard points can move. In the new year, we will head straight in to manufacturing of the car and any externally manufactured components will be ordered within the first few weeks of the new year.
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 Society President, James Harrold. James is a second year on the team and at Hallam and oversees the running of the society and any events they wish to hold.
Name: James Harrold
Course: BEng Automotive Engineering
Role: Society President and Suspension team member
Number of years with the Team: 2
Hobbies and Interests: In order to stay away from the typical "all things motorsport" cliché. I’ll have to go with biking, model car racing and currently coursework
Favourite Car: the beast that is the SHUR 2020-2021 car
Dream Job: Race Engineer
Reasons for Joining SHU Racing: To gain experience in a motorsport environment and to find a good group of like minded people that I get along with.