Newcastle Racing is the Formula Student team run by students in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Newcastle University. The main team consists of 19 highly motivated 3rd and 4th year students, with a handful of other students from the School helping where they can. The main team aim is to design, manufacture and develop a high quality singleseater racing car in order to compete in the IMechE UK Formula Student Competition.
Year on year, the team has steadily improved in all areas, from the organisational aspect of the project to the engineering solutions demonstrated on the car. In July 2011, it will mark Newcastle Racings sixth year as a competitor in the event now held at the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone. The NR8 (Newcastle Racing 8) team would like to congratulate its predecessors and sponsors for its top ten finish, out of the English Universities, in the 2009 Class 1 event. Despite this success, the NR8 team have decided to take an alternative route for the 2011 event. They will enter the ever growing Class 1A the Low Carbon Category. NR8 believe that it is becoming increasingly important to develop other forms of power, other than fossil fuel. Therefore it makes sense for the 'engineers of tomorrow' to be working on low carbon emission technology today.
To comply with the Low Carbon Emission regulations, NR8 have decided to use an AC synchronous Electric Motor, operating through a standard differential and a prototype controller for optimum power delivery. A completely new chassis will be designed to accommodate the change in drive train, as well as improving every other aspect of the already successful NR6 design. All designs will undergo constant scrutiny to make sure they comply with the extensive Rules and Regulations for 2011 (both general and for Class 1A). Once the Design and Manufacture of the car has been complete then comprehensive testing will be carried out to finely tune the dynamics of the car.