18 September 2015

Oxford Brookes Racing - Season Review

Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR) launched their 2015 car at the Department’s 150th celebration event at the end of May. In June OBR embarked on an aggressive testing programme in the lead up to the first competition at the beginning of July. The team wanted to emulate the successes of last season and knew that testing would be critical to achieving this. With a lot of competitive mileage under their belt OBR headed to Silverstone for their first competition in July. Overall the competition went well with the team equalling their best result of 6th place. For the second consecutive year OBR reached the design finals and were awarded 2nd place, another fantastic achievement.

The team arrived back at Brookes on a high, after a full debriefing session they were hard at work improving the car utilising the data gathered from Silverstone. OBR travelled to Hockenhiemring ready to show the car’s improvements; once the car had gone through the usual vigorous scrutineering. In the sprint the car was three seconds off the fastest time, which was an improvement of over five seconds compared to last year. The team attributed this result to the design improvements they have made. After this promising start the team headed into endurance, the first stint and driver change went to plan, however the team could see some damage to the car which meant that they couldn’t complete the endurance race.

Iain Allen, Formula Student Team Leader 2014 – 2015 said it was ‘a very valuable experience, competing with world leading teams and everything that the team has learnt over the week will help with future car developments’. The team returned to Brookes to repair the damage to the car, prepare for the final race meeting and reflect on the competition so far. For the third and final race of the season OBR headed off to Hungary two weeks later. Again the team had a good design event and reached the finals for the second time this season. Cost event also went well with team finishing 4th, which was the best result in cost all season.

Reflecting on his year as Team Leader, Allen said:

‘This has been a very good season being strong, at Silverstone, equalling our best result and making the design finals again. The German and Hungarian competitions provided valuable learning experiences for the team. Team members were fully engaged and raring to go into this season with lots of new ideas. I am really happy with the results that we achieved especially at Silverstone, our home event. We have improved the car’s performance considerably since last season, which is an amazing feat. I am looking forward to continuing to be part of the team and building on what we have achieved this season and hoping that 2016 will be even better than this year!’

Information about the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences can be found on the Oxford Brookes website.