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Cranfield motorsport students to lead the way in green racing

05 Mar 2012

Cranfield’s MSc Motorsport Engineering and Management students have been tasked with designing a new system for adding innovative energy recovery systems (ERS) to maximise overall performance and efficiency.

Green racing is the way forwards. Energy recovery is essential to maintain car performance and create a spectacle on ever less fuel input. The trend started at the top of the sport now needs to address the other end of the racing world - club racing. How do club racers get access to effective energy recovery technologies to keep the stakeholders happy without a multi-million pound budget and a team of hundreds?

The six teams of students will tackle the design of ERS systems based around a Ford Ecoboost 1.6 litre engine, adding energy recovery to maximise overall performance and efficiency. They must deliver robust business plans in relation to their technical selection.

  • Three teams will work to package their systems within a formula ford style single seater - within the current Formula Ford regulations (except for energy management components).
  • Three teams will work to package their systems within a Ford Fiesta style shell –within the FIA Group N regulations for track competition (except for energy management components).

The six teams of Cranfield students will use their engineering and management skills developed during the taught part of the MSc course in developing their solutions, and will be expected to cover elements such as viable system design, identifying real components, performance impact, energy recovery and storage, power sources and vehicle performance. The groups will receive technical support from Flybrid, a leading company involved in energy efficient motorsport powertrain development as well as information from Ford of Europe Motorsport.

The teams compete for prizes awarded by Racecar Engineering, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and Silverstone. The student teams make their presentations to senior figures from motorsport on 2 May 2012 at Cranfield University.

For further information www.motorsport.cranfield.ac.uk

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