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Mechanical Engineering Group Design Projects
UCL Mechanical Engineering


UCL Racing Formula Student 2017

UCL Racing Formula Student 2017

The UCLR 2017 team and their prototype

The UCLR 2017 team and their prototype

Team Members

  • Benjamin Khoo
  • James Dixon
  • Jingqi Gao
  • Joseph Lambert
  • Karan Nagaraj
  • Oumkeltoum Lazraq
  • Pavel Shokhirev
  • Samuel Suchal
  • Shyam Vasudevan


Dr Tim Baker

The Project

Have a look at the poster for the project

Formula Student is a competition run by the FSAE and IMechE in which students design, build, test and race a single-seater open wheel race car. The competition is split into dynamic and static events.
Dynamic events test the car to its limits, ranging from an acceleration test to a gruelling endurance race.
Static events consider the commercial aspects of the project alongside justification of the design decisions made.
The goal for the UCLR 2017 was to introduce new features such as launch and traction control to improve performance overall and break into the top 30 at the competition.

The Design

The main of the team was to produce a reliable vehicle that can survive the endurance event and achieve lower times in acceleration events. This was targeted through new electronic systems, weight reductions across the vehicle and modular design of auxiliary systems.
As a result of the addition of Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), launch and traction control will be used for the first time on a UCLR vehicle.
The BPD, brake plausibility device, a critical safety device for the ETC, was developed in-house and has shown signs of reliability under all test conditions. Therefore it will be integrated into the new wiring loom. We conducted several testing session in order to meet the design criteria. We are planning future sessions before the competition to validate the performance gains.

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