Race Calendar

2016 Race Calender 

 

April 23/24th - Silverstone Int.

May 30th - Oulton Park Endurance

June 11/12th - Thrxuton

July 3rd - Donington Park

July 17th - Castle Coombe

August 6/7th - Snetterton 300

August 27/28th - Brands Hatch GP Endurance

October 22/23rd - Brands Hatch Indy (FFF)

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Pre Season Testing

Pre Season Testing:pembrey_testing

Whilst the F1 circus was at Jerez with the teams trying out their new championship contenders, SMU Motorsport were at Pembrey Circuit, South Wales developing the car for the looming 2012 F4 season, which begins at Silverstone on the 31st March.

Data acquisition and set-up engineer Brian Fenton had developed a comprehensive test plan, which also forms the basis for his final year BEng project. The plan meant running 15 different configurations throughout the day, going to extremes which wouldn’t usually be considered. The data from the car’s data logger was then downloaded onto a laptop in order to be analysed.
By analysing this data, car behaviour in every corner, under every different configuration can be examined. This can provide essential information and helps significantly in setting up the car for future races for the optimum configuration.

Driver feedback should not be overlooked though, as this can sometimes contradict the theoretical optimum set up from the data. Generally a set-up which favours the driver is most likely to yield better lap times and consistency. Team members from the BSc Motorsport Management course were on hand to record detailed driver feedback following every run, record lap times and to ensure the test plan was running smoothly and on time.

pembrey_testingThroughout the day the team discovered some good set-ups with driver Tim Tudor providing essential feed-back. Lap times were impressive and were down on the previous test at Pembrey.

The test was also a good team building exercise for the new team members this year, allowing them to familiarise themselves with the car and the running procedures. It was also a test of reliability, with the car completing a distance in excess of four races. Reliability is a big focus for the 2012 season and this test proved promising with no issues occurring for the duration of the test.

The car is running again both this week and next week at Pembrey as part of an assignment for the BSc Motorsport Technology course, where the students have to create their own test plans for an aerodynamics test, from which they will then collect data and analyse the results.

SMU Motorsport hopes to be competitive from the very first race this season and the team are massively looking forward to going racing again.

The website will be updated in the coming weeks as part of our 2012 campaign. Meanwhile frequent updates can be found on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/SMU-Motorsport-Formula-4-Championship-Team/134265303269541.