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Febuary 2015 newsletter

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  • NE WSLE T TER

    FEB 2015 OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK TWITTER.COM/OXBROOK ESRAC ING FACEBOOK.COM/OXFORDBROOK ESRAC ING

    The latest updates

    from behind the

    scenes at OBR

    LATEST NEWS ON THE LAUNCH OF ISIS15

    FULL PAGE GALLERY

    THANKS TO TEAM SPONSORS

    WELCOME

    T0 OBR 2015

  • OBR NEWSLETTER - FEB 2015

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    The boys & girls of Oxford Brookes Racing

    have been getting their hands dirty once

    again, with the first stages of converting our

    new challenger from a CAD model, to a

    finished car.

    January was a busy month for the team,

    with much hard work required in order to

    secure our places at the 2015 Formula

    Student Competitions.

    Some great work by the off-track team saw

    us gain a position in the pre-registration

    slot at the Formula Student Hungary

    competition, which we will be entering for

    the first time in 2015.

    We also took part in the Formula Student

    Germany rules quiz, and were able to

    squeeze onto the entry list with less than a

    minute to spare, guaranteeing our place on

    the grid in Hockenheim once again.

    Finally our attendance at Formula Student

    UK was confirmed, where we will be

    deviating from the teams usual car number

    #92, in order to take up our 2014

    competition result, with the team running

    the #6 after a great performance last year.

    Having shown off ISIS 14 at the Autosport

    International Show in the beginning of

    January, the teams attention quickly

    returned to Wheatley as ISIS 15 began

    manufacture.

    The team has had a very good month with

    the addition of new partners to the

    program, competition entries achieved and

    fantastic progress in the university

    workshops helping parts & moulds speed

    through production line, all assisting in the

    successful delivery of OBRs brand new

    racing car, ready for summer 2015.

    COMPETITION ENTRY

  • OBR NEWSLETTER - FEB 2015

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    This month Oxford Brookes Racing was very

    proud to announce that Link Engine

    Management Systems have begun an

    engineering partnership with the team. The

    partnership began with the donation of 2

    Vi-PEC i88s which will form part of the

    many research projects that the powertrain

    team are currently working on. We look

    forward to working closely with Link in the

    coming weeks and months.

    The team are proud to announce that as

    part of the 150th anniversary of the

    university, the car will be launched on the

    evening of Friday May 29th 2015 at Gipsy

    Lane campus, Headington, Oxford.

    There will be special guests on the evening

    and the team look forward to inviting many

    of our supporters, partners & Alumni to the

    event. Watch this space for further details

    and updates as the date draws closer.

    NEWS IN BRIEF

    LINK ECU PARTNERSHIP

    2015 LAUNCH NIGHT

    LAUNCH

  • OBR NEWSLETTER - FEB 2015

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    The carbon wishbones that we designed &

    manufactured last year were very

    successful, and the aim for 2015 is to

    expand on this learning and make all of our

    suspension links out of the same material,

    and testing of this is already well underway

    The team are renowned as the fastest car

    on Avon tyres, however for the coming

    season we will be making a change, after

    the Avon A45 compound stopped

    production. This has involved a range of

    simulations and tyre data collection

    including reviewing different tyres at a test

    in October.

    All of the data has now been collaborated

    and we are hoping to announce the tyres

    we have chosen for use in 2015 in the next

    newsletter issue.

    ENGINE & POWERTRAIN We have decided to continue with the

    570cc KTM 530 EXC engine for 2015 and

    try and find even more power and reliability

    than we found last year, with some

    mapping work on both our own dyno and on

    a rolling road. We are hoping to bridge the

    gap to the 4-cylinder cars in the

    acceleration event, and make our mark

    once again in the Sprint & Endurance

    events.

    We are continuing our work into changing

    the order of the gear track in the sequential

    gearbox so that we are able to insert an

    extra gear ratio, allowing us to get more

    torque off the starting line, and hopefully

    see another gain in dynamic performance.

    This month NGK donated all our spark plug

    for the season which has formed part of the

    work we have been carrying out

    on the dyno.

    SUSPENSION

  • OBR NEWSLETTER - FEB 2015

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK 2014 was our first year with wings since

    the early 2000s, and we still feel that in

    the current regulations aerodynamics can

    add significant performance to the car

    In 2015 the envelope for wings is much

    smaller but we are still aiming for a 30%

    Increase in CL on last year, with CFD

    simulations pointing towards breaking that

    target by some distance.

    In order to reduce complexity and

    manufacturing time, the design philosophy

    was to have as many common elements as

    possible. Due to this the mould

    manufacture will be faster and cheaper,

    and is currently on-track to be completed in

    the coming days.

    Trelleborg have generously donated all of

    the material for their front wing

    manufacture, which is currently being

    machined.

    We would also like to thank Oxford Brookes

    Racing Alumni Martin Lloyd and current

    team member Samuel Unsworth for their

    donation towards the wing manufacture.

    CHASSISWith only minor changes to the regulations

    in the chassis department, the design

    philosophy behind our carbon-aluminium

    monocoque in 2014 has not changed. The

    2015 car will see the team aiming to

    produce another chassis under 30KG

    which was achieved for the first time last

    year. The team have slightly adapted some

    of the designs to try and save even more

    weight by using different types and

    thicknesses of carbon fibre.

    January saw the beginning of chassis

    manufacture with the help of the

    universitys partner Banbury & Bicester

    College (Formerly OCVC). They allowed us

    use of their Autoclave for the manufacture

    of the carbon fibre skins and because of

    this the chassis is currently well on its way.

    AERODYNAMICS

  • OBR NEWSLETTER - FEB 2015

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    Power curves on the dyno

    Spark plugs from NGK

    Meeting famous faces at Autosport Driver selection at Base Performance

    Wishbone testing in the Stress Lab Chassis build in full swing

    JANUARY GALLERY

    See more photos in our facebook gallery HERE

  • OBR NEWSLETTER - FEB 2015

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    Thank you to all our Sponsors

  • OBR NEWSLETTER - FEB 2015

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    OBR.BROOKES.AC.UK

    OXFORD BROOKES RACING

    OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY

    WHEATLEY CAMPUS

    WHEATLEY

    OXFORD

    OX33 1HX

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