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Mechanical Engineering Group Design Projects
UCL Mechanical Engineering


UCL Formula Student 2020

UCL Formula Student 2020

Team Members:

  • Dominic Kielbasinki-Podlaszewski
  • Hann Lin Foo
  • Muhammad Akmal Bin Che Ku Shaharuddin (Team Leader)
  • Muhammad Naim Iman Bin Mohd Hidzir
  • Niyas Onathukatil
  • Nur Sabrina Md Zaid
  • Tina Alimohammadi
  • Trishaad B Surty


Professor Tim G Baker
Dr Nelia Jurado

The Project

Formula Student (FS) is a global engineering competition where university students design an open wheeled race car. UCLR has competed in Formula Student every year since 2008, with varying degrees of success. UCLR FS 2020, led by the amazing Akmal Che Ku, aimed to finish in the top 10 of the FS 2020 competition. This was to be achieved by the development and implementation of an aerodynamic package, an electronic throttle control and anti-roll bars for the front and rear suspension systems.

The Design

The focus of this year’s project was to pioneer the development of an aerodynamics package for the UCLR FS car to increase the generated downforce of the vehicle. The package included a front wing, a rear wing, a nosecone, and an underfloor diffuser. Furthermore, the team also developed a front and rear anti-roll bar system to provide a stable platform for the aerodynamic components as well as increasing stability at corner entries and exits. Finally, the team also managed to integrate a new ECU with the vehicle which allowed the implementation of an electronic throttle control.

Although hampered by the COVID-19 situation, the team had gained the confidence of Prof Tim Baker to deliver the design in time for the FS competition initially set out in July 2020.

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