Carter Manufacturing Ltd has announced the renewal of the partnership with Oxford Brookes Formula Student team for the upcoming 2019 year.
The Formula student competition is designed as a challenge for next generation of engineers. The competition is held in the UK every year where teams from across the World design, build, test and ultimately race small scale open wheel racing formula cars. The competition is run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the first place is fiercely competed for each year. Teams compete in both dynamic and static stages and tests where teams demonstrate everything from design through to the final performance of the car against its competitors. Teams and their performance are judged by a panel of leaders and pioneers in the Motorsports industry.
Oxford Brookes Racing was established in 1999 and has a number of titles to its name. Oxford Brookes Racing also known as OBR has won the overall Best UK Team title 6 times since 1999. OBR latest Best UK Team title was achieved at Silverstone in 2018.
Carter Manufacturing have been involved in the Formula Student competition for a number of years supporting various teams and activities but since 2017 Carter have dedicated their time and resource to exclusively work with the OBR team. Carter provides the team with technical support and bearing products. OBR have worked with the engineering and development teams at Carter manufacturing across all aspects from bearing selection, product configuration, installation and maintenance practise.
The 2019 design required significant changes in order to satisfy the weight reduction and aerodynamic requirements. Carter and OBR opted for a selection of hybrid and ceramic bearings to provide free running bearings which would reduce friction and drag. The bearings needed to withstand a combination of forces including shock loading from the track curbs. The hybrid bearings will be used on the wheels and steering mechanism while spherical plain bearings will be used on the suspension system.
An additional product range available from Carter Manufacturing to compliment the use of spherical plain bearings is a complete range of bearing installation, removal and testing tools. The tools are used to install, swage, proof load and load test the installed spherical bearings. Spherical bearings are used in industry such as Motorsports and widely across the Aerospace sector where safety and precision is critical. Custom and special tools are available for all application requirements.
We at carter are very excited to continue to work with OBR and wish the team the very best of luck for an amazing year ahead.
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