Formula Student UK 2010 Silverstone: Dynamic
July 21, 2010
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…
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.
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.
So we rolled down to the start finish line of Silverstone to where the Acceleration runs were to be held.
Ian getting psyched.
Our first ever competition run for 2010.
A shot more commonly seen at Monza.
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.
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…