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Queen’s Formula Racing today launched its latest design to tackle the world’s best universities at Formula Student UK. Unveiled in front of Queen’s University Belfast’s Lanyon Building, QFR18 promises to be one of QFR’s best cars to-date.
The team of mechanical engineering students will bring the car over to Silverstone Circuit in England to compete against over 100 universities between 13-15 July. Looking to build on last year’s solid result of seventh overall, QFR has redesigned various components and a tighter build schedule has allowed for two weeks of preevent testing.
School of Mechanical and Aerospace lecturer, Dr. Geoff Cunningham, has been QFR’s team principal since its founding in 2000:
“The unveiling of the 2018 Formula Student car is a significant occasion for the team and for Queen’s University Belfast,” said Dr. Cunningham. “The students have shown exceptional dedication to this project and should be very proud of what they have achieved over the last nine months.”
“We are all looking forward to some final testing before travelling to the competition on 10th July.”
Final-year student, Gavin White, has been the team leader since the end of 2017 competition. Managing both operational and technical sides of the team he has been kept busy while finishing his Masters Mechanical Engineering degree: “Today marks the culmination of 9 months of hard work for the team. Throughout the design and build of the car many members of the team have shown extraordinary commitment which makes today extremely rewarding, knowing that we have a running car more than two weeks before the competition.”

 Reduced rear chassis mass
 New suspension geometry
 Pull-rod suspension
 Swept-back rear wishbones
 Redesigned uprights
 New steering geometry
 New brake system
 New anti-roll system
 Redesigned hubs
 Redesigned pedal-box
 Cylinder deactivation
 Redesigned bodywork

QFR would like to thank its sponsors for their support through the year so far. The whole team know that without this help the project would not be possible.
Stay in touch through the website,, and social media channels as the team aims for success at Silverstone!
Monday 25 June
Team Leader: Gavin White
Assistant TL: Ryan Wilson
Chief Mechanic: Ryan Newell
Track Mechanics: Jack Wilson
Jamie Gardiner
Pit Mechanics: Andrew Hawthorne
Charlie Toal
Jonathan Garrett
Thomas McMullan
Data Acquisition: Keith Greer
Engine Control: Roger Dawson
Electrical System: Conor Burrows
Pit Manager: Caolan Carberry
Communications: Adam Hall
Team Support: Rachel MacNeill
Shyue Le Ng
Business Team: Ben Lindsay
George Morris
Katie Lemon
Brian Mulholland
Design Team: Gavin White
Ryan Newell
Ryan Wilson
Costing Team: Philip Cunningham
Ryan Wilson
David Stevenson
Jack Easson
Matthew McCann

Monday 25 June
Name Event/s Age Experience
Roger Dawson Sprint/Endurance 22 Hillclimb & Autotest – MGB
Adam Hall Endurance 22 Rallying – Ford Escort Mk2
Jack Easson Skid Pad 22 Sim Racing & Karting
Keith Greer Skid Pad 22 Autotest & Karting
Jack Wilson Acceleration 23 Motocross & Track Bike
Ryan Wilson Acceleration 23 Junior Karting

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