Host department: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Supervisor: Dr. C.K. Lee (EEE)
Advisers: Dr. C.K. Chan (ME), Dr. Match W.L. Ko (ME)
HKU racing is the University of Hong Kong’s very first motorsports team. Founded in late July of 2018. The team starts with 2 friends having a vision to one day participate in formula student. With the support of the university, we quickly gain momentum and have since grown to a team of 40 plus students, all passionate about motorsports.
Formula Student is a renowned educational engineering competition, combining practical engineering with soft skills including business planning and project management. It is a proving ground for students who want to create and change the world. Electrification of the transportation system is here, the combination of the electric powertrain and the traditional mechanical system has made this competition attractive to lots of industries leading to companies’ attention and support. This competition jump-starts our students’ knowledge and skills set for their future career. HKU Racing is the first team from Hong Kong to compete in Formula Student (European series).
Event Host: Imeche
Develop & build a single seated, formula-style race car for Formula Student UK class 1 (2020) hosted by Institution of Mechanical Engineering (ImechE).
We have ranked the 3rd overall team in the Formula Student UK class 2 events during the summer of 2019, we will aim to build a running full-scale prototype and participate in Formula Student UK class 1 events in 2020 and onward.
Team members will design and build a racing car from the ground up. The car is required to perform in numerous dynamic events that will prove the car’s capabilities in terms of speed and reliability. Those events are AutoX, acceleration, skid-pad, endurance. HKU Racing will be up against more than 100 teams from all over the world.
Team members will learn about vehicle dynamics, generative design, additive manufacturing, topology optimization, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), aerodynamic design optimization, power electronics, battery management, mathematical model development of mechanical systems and many more. On top of all the technical skills, they will also learn about being a team player, which is a paramount skill in any engineering project they might face in the future.
The project provides us the opportunity to put our knowledge in practice for a competitive nature. The correlation between building a vehicle and designing a vehicle also makes this experience unparalleled in terms of real world application. On top of designing a vehicle that performs well, production cost has to be kept at minimum and a business plan is required. This project provides our team members comprehensive first hand experience on all aspects of engineering.
An extremely steep learning curve coupled with countless optimization cycles is the biggest challenge. With little prior experience and knowledge in designing the vehicle and manufacturing planning are heavily relied on self learning. Limited testing opportunities also means the team needs to extensively make use of computational simulation to validate the design and better understand the vehicle. These simulation results are then used to further refine the design.
Worried about not having the required skills? Intimidated by the complexity of the project? Don’t be! Our existing members will try their best to help you get familiar with the skills and knowledge you need. Moreover, you will be given plenty of time to gear up yourself to one day take up a leading role in the team.
We believe effective communication is key for a team project’s success, that is why our team structure is simple and direct. Making us capable to act swiftly. No fuss, just work hard.
Chassis Division’s task is to develop the main frame for the vehicle, you can say the frame is the bracket holding together every component. The current design has chosen to use a spaceframe design. In the future we are actively looking into developing a full carbon fiber monocoque chassis.
Suspension Division is responsible for developing a system to maintain tire contact with the ground. The suspension also serve as the device to tune a vehicle’s handling characteristics. Extremely important to inspire driver’s confident.
The Aero Division not only makes our car looks cool, they also make it fast ! Developing the whole bodywork it makes our car slippery in the air and generate down force to help us corner faster.
These guys design the powerhouse of the vehicle, propelling us to our destination. Their importance is self-explanatory.
This Division develops the braking system, and steering system for our car. They are responsible to make sure these vital functions of the car works in harmony with other important assembly.
A car without electrical system is like a primitive human being. The electrical division monitor and controls the complex systems on-board the vehicle.
Any commitment needed for students to become HKU Racing team members?
Creating a running vehicle is no mean feat, therefore lots of time and effort has to be poured into the project if it were to be successful. You are expected to be spending at least 4 hours of work per week and be a motivated person to constantly looking for new skills and knowledge to perfect the design. Work hards pay off, you will be filled with joy and satisfaction in the end for sure!
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