Now over a week ago Shelsley Walsh held host to it’s biggest meeting of the year, The Championship Challenge. As well as the British Hill Climb Championship, the meeting celebrated the centenary of Aston Martin with a display of significant special cars.
Over the past year I have been involved in designing, manufacturing and building a bespoke steering wheel and electronic dash display for a formula student car along with other members of the UWE Racing team. After taking the majority of our designs and manufactured components to this year’s Formula Student event at Silverstone to be judged. Although we achieved an 8th place finish, we were surprised with some of the feedback from the judges regardling simple principles and major oversights.
Work has now begun using the information gained from the event to modify, refine and improve our designs for the car that will be built over this coming year. I will be recovering all of the decision making and design work for the steering wheel and display from the last year, in order to design and build a much improved version.
The start of the design process started with making a comparision of steering wheels available on the market and a feasible product that could be manufactured and assembled within University. The design of our steering wheel evolved in shape, size and complexity from the standard Momo design (1) to the final design we used for the prototype (9). This was due to tailoring to our needs in terms of; available cockpit space, driver ergonomics, loading requirements, material selection and positioning of the electronic display components.
On Sunday 22nd September I will be running the Tough Mudder “marathon” in Powys, Wales. This event is a 10-12 mile long military themed assault course. There will be a number of set obstacles including; ice baths, trench crawls, high walls and running through electrified tenticles (great fun…) just to name a few.
Fortunately Tough Mudder is a team event and I will be competing with some friends from University, so the event should be great fun and something to remember. I will hopefully be getting a GoPro in time for the event, which could prove to be hilarious for the inevitable falls and trips in the mud of other teammates (but most likely myself!).
While I entered the event for a bit of fun and a great day out; Tough Mudder is a supporter of the charity Help for Heroes and donates a considerable amount of money from every entry fee. For any participant that can raise more than £120; Tough Mudder will provide a £20 refund which I would also donate to the charity! To help me reach this goal go to my donation page, cheers!