Formula Student UK 2010 Silverstone: Dynamic

July 21, 2010


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On Friday we had all the design and cost judging which is actually quite a large portion of the score and is vital for those hoping to do well. A couple of presentations later and scrutineering over we got the car ready for Saturday, the start of all the actual dynamic events…

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First thing on Saturday morning were the acceleration runs. We get 4 runs by 2 drivers, we have a couple that had done some practice so they were good to go. We made a few adjustments to the car like lifting the tire pressure at the front and going way down at the back, we softened the back as well to increase grip.

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We also spent most of the night before sorting some of the MAP out. Now, the weather: never have I witness such a thing. The wind was strong and constant, I mean it never stopped. This made the skies switch from sunny to torrential rain roughly 5 or 6 times a day, unreal. This made at which point of the day you did your runs critical. Luckily we always ran in the dry.

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So we rolled down to the start finish line of Silverstone to where the Acceleration runs were to be held.

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Ian getting psyched.

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Our first ever competition run for 2010.

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A shot more commonly seen at Monza.

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After 4 runs and 2 drivers our best time was 4.4xx. Which is ok, a bit more driver practice and we could have shaved 0.2-0.3 seconds off.

Next up was the Skid-pan event, which is essentially a figure of 8 but you do 2 full circles which are timed.

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Again, 4 runs and 2 drivers later and we finished with a 5.3xx second fastest circle, which is pretty good. The last driver pushed all the way on the last circle and did a 180 spin coming out, pretty epic. Amazingly he only hit one cone in the process.

We managed to complete the total of 8 runs for acceleration and skid-pan with just seconds to spare, it was a tough task to complete those two events by 12.30 pm.

The rest of the afternoon was reserved for the Sprint event…

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