Our team structure breaks down into 5 sub-teams, 4 responsible for key design components of the car, and the commercial team. Here's some more information about each team's work and their members:
CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
The main objectives of the chassis and suspension sub-team are to obtain optimal vehicle dynamic behaviour while retaining high standards for driver safety. Having the correct chassis and suspension set up, including brakes and steering, will be crucial in defining the characteristics of how the vehicle will handle and will allow Sussex Racing to chase excellent performance. Implementing the correct safety features is a large part of what the chassis and suspension sub-team do to protect the driver in the event of an incident.
Head of Chassis and Suspension/ Chassis Design
Head of Vehicle Dynamics and Steering
Rear Upright Design
Wheel Hubs and Tyre Data
Impact Attenuator Design
The Powertrain team is tasked with designing and building an effective electric power system for the car. This covers both the mechanical features of the drivetrain and electrical aspects such as the motor and battery, with complex control systems coded through both the inverter and the ECU (electronic control unit). This will all need to be cooled due to the high voltage/ current in the unit, meaning health and safety is our main focus through the build process.
Head of Powertrain/
Motor and Testing
Shutdown Circuit and Low Voltage Electronics
Battery Box Design
The associated systems umbrella all electronics which do not interact with the powertrain to directly drive the car. Broadly, this category spans the low voltage system, control system, sensors and charging system which all play vital roles in bringing the car together. For example, the control system provides harmonious data exchange between critical components which allows for more personalization, data capture and car diagnostics. Similarly, the sensors convert real world data into comprehendible information helping the team to assess performance and debug problems. On the other hand, the low voltage and charging system serve to keep the car running and take special considerations for safety and efficiency. The Sussex Racing car of 2022 will be equipped with the Universities most ambitious electronic assets to date.
Head of Associated Systems/Charging
Aerodynamics and COmposites
The main aim of the aerodynamics & composites team is to deliver a lightweight, sleek package that is designed to reduce drag as much as possible. Composite research and testing are a large aspect of the teams focus. We will aim to use the strongest, lightest materials possible whilst also being cost effective. This year we don’t intend to design or use front and rear wings due to their complexity of manufacture for a small performance benefit in real world use. However, we will ensure that our package is fit for the purpose.
Head of Aerodynamics and Composites/Cooling
Undertray and Diffuser Design
Nose Cone Design
Barge Board Design
Composite Compliance Engineer
This year's Commercial team is like none ever seen before at Sussex Racing. For the first time we have expanded to bring Business, Accounting and Marketing students into the team alongside engineering students and utilise their expertise. After a 3rd place finish in the business section of Formula Student last year, we aim to better that and take the top step of the podium in 2022.
Our primary function is to find, work with and develop relationships with partners and sponsors. The same sponsors which make Sussex Racing possible with invaluable technical and/or financial support.