THE TEAM

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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:

The SUbteams

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Faaris Sheikh

Team Leader

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Jake Choules

Chief Engineer

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.

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Massimo Montagna

Head of Chassis and Suspension/ Chassis Design

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Conor Davidian

Chassis Design

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Kieran Rees

Head of Vehicle Dynamics and Steering

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Joe Baker

Brake Design

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Faaris Sheikh

Suspension Design

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Henry Moody

Rear Upright Design

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Jake Choules

Suspension Design

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Lizzie Pendleton

Driver Ergonomics

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Charlie Anthony

Wheel Hubs and Tyre Data

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Michael Solomon

Simulation Engineer

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Omar Hassouna

Wheel Hubs

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Tharindu Thotahewage

Simulation Engineer

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Ben Coekin

Impact Attenuator Design

Powertrain

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.   

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Stacey Clark

Head of Powertrain/
Motor and Testing

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James Akehurst

Shutdown Circuit and Low Voltage Electronics

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Gabe Robertson

Accumulator Design

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Gabriella Kyriacou

Battery Box Design

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Rowan Hartnoll

Drivetrain

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Eli Bright

Drivetrain

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Joven Alimambo

Drivetrain

Associated Systems

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.

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Ollie Edwards

Head of Associated Systems/Charging

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Tom Cox

Sensor Systems

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Matt Smith

Control Systems

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Bruce Dux

Traction Control

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.

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Josh Louis

Head of Aerodynamics and Composites/Cooling

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Lily Wells

Undertray and Diffuser Design

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Sam Ward

Aerodynamicist

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Hannah Arras

Nose Cone Design

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Ethan Campbell

Barge Board Design

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Wesley Yau

Composite Compliance Engineer

Commercial Team

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.

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Laurie Corbel

Commercial Director

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Harvey Bellett

Head of Purchasing

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Hannah Arras

Head of Members and Technicians

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Michael Solomon

Events Coordinator

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Jack Woodcock

Graphic Design and Media