Unifying the Un-Sprung Mass
With a strong foundation to work from, the team has been able quickly implement changes and improvements to a selection of components on the car. Building on the philosophy of previous years, with an aim of limiting the un-sprung mass on the car. This includes any parts which are not affected by the suspension and have direct contact with road, such as the uprights and hubs.
With a new suspension and steering design in the works, the hubs and uprights have been iterated to accommodate these improvements. Last year’s team brought in significant changes such as the use of 16 – inch Hoosier tyres, larger bearings and trilobe joints. This year we are consolidating the major rework of the subsystem, while still looking for areas to further reduce the un-sprung mass.
We'd also like to mention a thank you to ITL for providing us with a whole set of insulated tools, preparing us for a high voltage work in the near future. We're sure you'll be hearing more about this later on in the year.
Lastly, a celebration of last season’s managers is in order, as they end their journey as students and graduate from Sheffield Hallam University. We would like to congratulate them both on their academic success, but also their success at Silverstone last summer and the graduate schemes they've landed after the 2022 season.
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. To kick things off we welcome our new Team Principal and Un-Sprung mass Lead Brendan Bourne! Brendan is responsible for the design of the Un-Sprung mass system, leading the EV development and managing all team members, ensuring that SHU Racing continues to advance both in stature and performance.
Name: Brendan Bourne
Course: Aerospace Engineering
Role: Team Principal and Unsprung Mass Lead
Number of years with the Team: 4th
Hobbies and Interests: Snowboarding, MTB and designing stuff.
Favourite Car: 2020 Shelby Ford Mustang
Dream Job: I’ll be happy working on interesting projects using new tech.
Reasons for Joining SHU Racing: I’ve always enjoyed making things and wanted to improve my engineering practical skills.