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UWTSD RACING Home of the World's First Motorsport Engineering Degree



“There's always something going on in the workshops. Cars in various states of testing, preparation or repair. It feels legit, like you’ve got your dream job already.”

l Automotive & Race Workshops l Motorcycle Workshop l Extreme Sports Workshop l Fabrication Workshop l Machine Workshop l Rolling Road Dynamometer l 3D Scanning l Computer Controlled Engine Dynamometer l CNC Lab l Diagnostics Lab l Autoclave Facility l SPA Damper Dynamometer l Engine Build Lab l Three Computer Suites



Meet The TEAMS Motorsport Heritage

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Team V4

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Team ATV

Formula Student 2012

Team MCR

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Loco Espada Team

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Team Formula Renault Page 24 3

OUR MOTORSPORT HERITAGE University of Wales Trinity Saint David's (UWTSD) involvement with motorsport began in 1995 when we raced in the local Welsh Sport and Saloon Car Championship with a Darrian T90. The following year we moved into the National GT Championship with two Darrian GT3 Cars and won the GT Championship in that year. We continued to compete in GT racing for a further three years in the GT1 and GT2 classes. Since then we have competed in a number of different disciplines, including Locost, Formula Vauxhall, Formula 4 and Monoposto circuit racing, as well as rallying, sprinting and hill climbing. We started the world’s first degree programme in Motorsport with a BEng in Motorsport Engineering in 1998, and since then we have developed HND, BSc and MEng programmes in Motorcycle and Motorsport Engineering. Roger Dowden Director of Motorsport Operations


Simon Davey MONoposto Racing Championship Organiser “The Monoposto Racing Championship has been going since 1959 and it has always been intended as a championship for single-seated racing cars with a fair degree of engineering in them. So we are actually very keen to get teams involved that are able to bring engineering and technology to the cars. We think that universities are ideal in this respect and so we are very keen to encourage them to race with us. I think people are interested in seeing a group of young people running a car and seeing how they go about it. I think they are doing a very good job, and have already done a couple of all-nighters on the car. After technical difficulties on the Saturday, they worked all night on it to get it going again for the Sunday and I think that has commanded a lot of respect in the paddock. I think they are seen as real triers and a very professional outfit. I would like to see a lot more university teams and students involved, particularly in championships like Monoposto which do allow innovation and engineering into the cars – I think it would be good for students. I think it would help get people involved in engineering of race cars in a very practical way and I think it can only have a positive outcome.”

Pembrey Circuit Many of our engineering students spend time at Pembrey Circuit, an outstanding motorsport venue just 40 minutes from the Swansea Campus. The Pembrey facilities include a UWTSD race workshop with full vehicle preparation equipment, skid-pan area and access to the full circuit when available. The circuit hosts car, bike, truck and drift racing, rallies, sprints and rallycross events.

“The facilities at Pembrey circuit are great. It feels awesome to prepare the car in a private garage. The whole facility makes the process of testing seem far more professional!” Dan May, Chief Engineer



Team V4 Racing Team V4 Racing is a completely student-managed project run out of the UWTSD, Swansea Campus. Team V4 has created the opportunity for us to apply the work we do on the course to a practical output.This enables us to see the effects of their developments, engineering in the real world and on the race track. A priceless experience to take beyond the degree after graduation and into industry. We carry out all aspects of the project from engine building and tuning, carbon fibre manufacture, and all the general organisation of the race weekends. The bike the team run is a Honda VFR400. It is highly modified with modern suspension systems and it runs a full 2D Data Recording system which is used by the students to learn from as part of the course. The core group of students who began the project invested huge amounts of their own time and money into the project simply to gain experience and see the work they do perform on the race track. The project has gone from strength to strength and, during 2013, Team V4 Racing competed in the BMCRC EDIasia Formula 400 Championship, one of the most competitive 400cc championships in the UK. The team got off to an amazing start, taking three 1st positions in their first race weekend at Pembrey. Throughout the remainder of the season the team experienced both highs and lows as well as further podiums, finishing the season with 11 podium finishes, finishing 6th overall in the championship out of a total of 42 riders. After such a successful 2013 season there is no doubt that Team V4 Racing is pushing for the 2014 EDIasia F400 title. To do that we are looking to work with the best in the industry and cementing partnerships with companies only helps us in the pursuit of that goal. As engineering students we are looking to gain a better insight into the industry to which we will hopefully one day contribute. This has, and always will, be the overall goal of Team V4 Racing to provide all involved with a unique experience and the knowledge to take forward into their careers. George Douglas, Team Manager – Team V4 Racing BEng Motorcycle Engineering


Rider Profile

Francesco Cavalli – Team V4 Racing Francesco starting racing professionally in 2009, aged 17, on a Kawasaki ZXR250 in the Italian National Championship. He then went on to race for Kawasaki Europe as part of the Italian Super-Stock 600 Championship. He continued to race in the Italian and European Super-Stock 600 championships with various manufacturers including Yamaha and

MV-Agusta. He enrolled on the Motorcycle Engineering Degree at UWTSD at foundation entry. He rode for Team V4 Racing in the 2013 season collecting a number of great results including “Rider of the Year” for 2013. As a full-time student he is once again racing for Team V4 Racing in 2014.

Rider Results:

2014 Calendar:

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3rd Kawasaki Junior Trophy 3rd Coppa Italia Challenge 3rd Bridgestone Challenge (Vallelunga) 6th Kawasaki Ninja Trophy 21st CIV Super-Stock 600 19th European Super-Stock 600 6th BMCRC Formula 400 Championship (2013) 4 Pole Positions 10 Podium Finishes 4 Fastest Laps Rider of the Year 2013

April 26-27th: Snetterton 300 May 10-11th: Silverstone International May 24-26th: Oulton Park June 21-22nd: Donington GP July 19-20th: Cadwell Park August 9-10th: Brands Hatch GP September 6-7th: Snetterton 300 October 4-5th: Brands Hatch Indy

Social Media: Team V4 Racing 870+ Likes Largest weekly reach 25,000+ 5th February, 2014

Race Results 2013: 3x 1st Position (Pembrey x3) 1x 2nd Position (Cadwell Park) 6x 3rd Position (3x Snetterton + 3x Brands GP) 6th Overall in Championship (out of 42)



Team V4 Racing 42 Subscribers 5500 Total Views

“Francesco Cavalli rider of the Year 2013.”


Current Sponsors:

Media Coverage:

UWTSD – Academic Research and Facilities TYGA Performance – Technical Sponsorship BITUBO Suspension – Technical Sponsorship EBC Brakes – Technical Assistance G-Force Engine Development – Intellectual/Development RS Components – Technical Sponsorship Forge Motorsport – Component Fabrication Fuchs Silkolene – Product Support 2D Data Recording/Datron – Product Support Rick Oliver – Product Support (ECU) Jap4Performance – Product Support Sprint Filter– Product + Development

Fast Bikes Magazine: “Back to School” Feature. December Issue February Issue Llandow Test Day – April Bike Sport News: BMCRC Race Reports

EBC Website: Announcement of partnership, running blog.

RS Components Website: Team Profile and Blog

Sponsorship Benefits/Facilities: Our sponsors have supported Team V4 to become Europe’s only fully student-run Motorcycle race team in pursuit of the BMCRC EDIasia F400 title. The University has numerous machining and manufacturing capabilities that have been demonstrated and represented on the Team V4 Racing bike. Team V4 students have also had the opportunity to utilise UWTSD facilities in research and development projects in conjunction with sponsors – a truly unique opportunity for applying theory, through realworld research, while building links with industry.

Contact Details: George Douglas – Team Manager 07764336727 Team V4 Racing

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Campus, Mount Pleasant Swansea, SA1 6ED



Team MCR The initial Monoposto project was originally conceived by university lecturer Tim Tudor, from the Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering, to improve experience and expand the portfolio of activities undertaken by the University’s students. Started as a student-run project, Swansea Motorsport had backing from the University and competed in the Monoposto Championship in 2013 after two successful seasons in Formula 4. For the 2014 season, the team of students and staff who gained two podiums and two Driver of the Day trophies in the Monoposto Championship decided to retire the car and move on to a new challenge: The Sports 2000 Championship, running an MCR race car. The team, comprising Engineering and Motorsport Management students, has the opportunity to gain experience of developing and running a 2 litre sports racing car in a real-world environment against professional teams. Students can put theoretical knowledge into practical use and gain skills for their future careers in industry. The new series and car makes the project very exciting and the staff and students are looking forward to competing in the championship. Charlotte White and Tom Langford Team Managers BSc Motorsport Management


Audience Figures Audience Figures Swansea Motorsport 537 likes UWTSD Team MCR 223 followers YOU


Team MCR

Official Partners UWTSD, Pic Up Spares, MCR Race Cars, SWIEET, ACW Motorsport Plastics, Fuchs Titan Race, EBC Brakes, S.A.M Cases, Red Mist Racing

Race Calendar April 26-27th: Silverstone GP May 10th: Brands Hatch Indy-Endurance June 28th: Oulton Park International - Double Header July 12-13th: Donington GP August 2-3rd: Pembrey - Sports 2000 Festival/Endurance August 16-17th: Thruxton September 20th: Silverstone GP October 26-27th: Brands Hatch - Formula Ford Festival


“Tim Tudor will be carrying all the hopes of the students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David; as part of their motorsport course they have built, prepared and run their MCR Duratec Sports 2000 car. This will only be Tim’s second time in the car and first enduro race but what he lacks in seat time will be more that made up by the exuberant support from all the University students!” Sports 2000 Programme, May 2014

Team Aims Develop applied engineering skills Develop transferable skills through experience running a race car Develop the car with the original manufacturer Network with professional teams and industry

Race Preparation As the car is a new design, preparation has involved: Aerodynamics CFD Investigation Ergonomics developed Components modelled in CAD and remanufactured Setup knowledge development based on track testing

Pressure Distribution and Streamlines The image shows the aerodynamic investigation results. These contours show areas of high (red) and low (blue) pressure which provide an understanding of how the airflow interacts with the car.

Current Student Projects The MCR is used by Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering for group projects and dissertation work, this can be anything from designing new parts or changing set ups and investigating the effects of this. This often requires taking the car to Pembrey to conduct testing on the circuit and on the skid pan.

“My involvement last season with the Formula Renault team, and again this season with the MCR, has been by far my favourite experience whilst being at University. I am currently on my first year of the BEng in Motorsport Engineering and Design, having completed the Foundation entry last year. Not only do the projects allow some real life experience of the theory learned during lectures, but it also provides the opportunity to make you more of a unique graduate when leaving University, by providing students like me with real life experience of competing within a team at real races in proper championships. On top of this, the projects are great fun to be a part of.� Dan May, Chief Engineer


Steffan Williams, Engineer Second Year BEng Motorsport Engineering

Charlotte White, Management Second Year BSc Motorsport Management

"I come from a background in karting and rallying so being involved with the Formula Renault and MCR teams has given me an insight into two very different race cars. The projects also teach you the whole process of motorsport, including doing an “all-nighter” to fix the car when needed. These extra projects have been invaluable, giving me a chance to apply what I’ve learned in lectures to real life situations. I’ve even managed to get some work with Viking Motorsport based on what I’ve learned during these projects. The overall experience has made my CV more desirable to employers."

"When I started my degree I had no real experience within the industry. Managing the Monoposto project last year enabled me to see what it meant to be a part of a team and the time and effort it involves. The Motorsport Technology module gave me additional understanding and insight into engineering, and this has increased my confidence and knowledge when collaborating with industry key players."

Sponsorship Package Logo on the MCR website with a link to own webpage Logo on the car Business links with other sponsors


Invitation to our race events, testing Use of the car for promotional events Press releases sent direct to sponsor

Team MCR Contact Details: Charlotte White – Team Manager 07590767216 Tutor: University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Campus, Mount Pleasant Swansea, SA1 6ED



Team ATV Team ATV was formed in 2013 by a group of students keen to support Harry Hinkley in National Quad Racing. The University was happy to support the team at their Swansea campus as it gives the students involved a real grassroots Motorsport experience. 2014 will see the team race in the NORA MX and British ACU Under-21s Championships. The 2014 series will be officially known as ‘The Connor Smith Six-Sixty British Under-21s Championship’.


Rider Biography Name: Harry Hinkley Machine: Suzuki LTR RMZ 450 Born: 13th December 1993 Course: Motorsport Engineering

Harry Hinkley – Team ATV Harry started racing at age eight in 2002 with Norasport on a Cobra 100; he rode this for a year until he gained sponsorship from Quadzilla. The next three years Quadzilla developed a water cooled 100cc quad that was battling with the top riders until 2006 when the work came to fruition and Harry and the team took the 100cc British Championship. Unfortunately, due to financial problems, Harry was unable to continue racing and gave up in 2007. After years of not racing Harry spent the summer of 2012 building an LTR 450 supplied by Quadzilla which sparked his passion for motorsport, Harry competed in three rounds in the NORA MX championship at clubman level. In September 2012 Harry enrolled on HND Motorsport Engineering course. At the end of the 2012 season Quadzilla supplied Harry with a LTR 450 along with WK Bikes who supplied him with aftermarket parts and a 2010 RMZ 450 engine. Harry then built up this quad to race in the 2013 season at NORA MX. The highlights of his 2013


included a round win at Foxhills and another second place. However, due to a small technical issue in the last round, Harry missed out on third place in the championship and dropped down to fifth.

Team ATV Race Preparation In preparation for the 2014 season Harry contacted Roger Dowden at UWTSD, Swansea Campus, and confirmed storage for the quad at the University. In late 2013 Harry and his team member Lee Evans stripped and rebuilt the RMZ 450 engine, including a new gearbox, piston, conrod, seals and bearings. The LTR frame was then stripped down and brought to Swansea where the frame was powder coated. The frame has been rebuilt by Harry, Lee, Andrew Raistrick, Ed Grove and Kier Neyland-Davis using new bushes and bearings making it an almost new quad.

Team ATV Aims The team hope to develop the handling of the vehicle, designing a new subframe and improving the engine with a close ratio gearbox. They aim to redesign the intake system and map the ECU ignition. The team utilised the facilities of the University alongside the expertise of the lecturers.

Race Calendar Date



March 16th



Mepal CB6 2AY

March 30th



Grittenham, Wiltshire SN15 4JW

April 20th

NORA MX/British

May 11th


May 25-26th

NORA MX/British

June 15th



Dean Moor CA14 4RH

June 22nd



Statford CV27 9RX

July 6th

NORA MX/British

August 6th

3/1 4 5 & 6/2


Pontrilas, Hereford HR2 0BG Venue TBC Foxhills, Swindon SN4 0DR


Milton Park, Northampton NN7 3AP



Motoland UK, Mildenhall IP28 8QL

September 7th



Culham OX14 3DA

September 21st



Grittenham, Wiltshire SN15 4JW

September 27-28th


ORE Events

Sponsorships Quadzilla, WK Bikes, UWTSD, Dirt Warz, NORA MX

Contact Details: Harry Hinkley – Team Manager/Rider 07590230256 Team ATV Racing University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Campus, Mount Pleasant Swansea, SA1 6ED



Loco Espada Team We are a small team of enthusiastic Motorsport Engineering and Management students who built the 998cc Locoblade from scratch in the University workshops. The car is driven by one of our instructors, David Campion, and is competing in the WAMC Hill Climb and Sprint Championships through the 2014 season.


Race Calendar May 10th: Llandow Sprint May 11th: Llys y Fran Hillclimb May 31st: Pembrey Sprint June 1st: Pembrey Sprint June 14th: Epynt Hill Climb June 15th: Epynt Hill Climb July 19th: Llandow Sprint July 20th: Llys y Fran Hillclimb July 26th: Castle Combe Sprint

Sponsorships UWTSD Starvin Jacks Lifeline Friends and Family

Social Media Coverage

New Team Launched in March 2014 UWTSD Loco Espada Team 230+ Likes Loco Espada Team



UWTSD Loco Espada 157 views

Contact Details: David Campion – Team Manager/Driver 01792 481005 Loco Espada Team University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea Campus, Mount Pleasant Swansea, SA1 6ED


FORMULA STUDENT Project 2012 The University have been part of Formula Student in the past but withdrew in recent years due to the number of competitions UWTSD were involved with. The car, however, remains part of the student facilities to enable practical hands-on experience for testing theory learned in lectures and as a resource for project work. “Formula Student project gave me the first hands-on experience with competitive vehicles, and I enjoyed working with the formula student car from the first day, from the assembly all the way to the testing track. All the engineering and mechanical knowledge I received from the team, our advisers and lecturers during the study year inside the project gave me good initial insight into the motorsport world. After all, that is what motorsport engineering is all about, hands-on experience and learning to apply many different engineering methods and theories in reality.

the competition, car and safety rules, there are very few limits to what you can do and achieve. That is another thing I like about Formula Student, you can do almost everything, with a reasonable justification of course. Motorsport's future looks very ‘green’ and because Formula Student competition has also recently switched to hybrid or fully electrical vehicles, I would definitely like to see and also work on a UWTSD hybrid or fully electric Formula Student car to learn about electrical systems and their application in racing and make a theory into reality.” Girts Mikutis, BEng Motorsport Enigneering

I also enjoyed learning new facts about the engine and the powertrain system of the car and applying the knowledge received in the development process. I also enjoyed working with metal and carbon fibre, making parts for the car. The team had its ups and downs along the way, but we learned from mistakes and went on because, other than

Contact Details: Girts Mikutis Sonnie Davies Jamie Palmer-House Juan Vacas


Team Formula Renault UWTSD Formula Renault Race Team consists of students and staff from the Schools of Automotive Engineering, plus students from the Motorsport Management and Business courses. In the 2014 season, the car will be competing in the Saint Cross Electronics Mono Championship, ‘Club Racing Grand Prix Style’. Since 1959, the Monoposto Racing Club has provided cost-effective single-seater racing. The club is the largest single-seater club in the United Kingdom. There are six different classes within the championship. This project follows from the success of the previous team that ran the car in the Formula 4 and Monoposto Championships from 2010-13. As a new team with a new driver, our ambitions for the upcoming 2014 season is to develop the car’s performance to enable us to fight for podiums and race wins. Jessica Russ and Alec Team Managers BSc Motorsport Management



Current Student Project Stefanos Theocharis – Dyno testing the dampers Work on the dampers consisted of: a complete strip, overall clean and inspection of dampers components checking for damage a replacement of compression and rebound piston’s shims an oil change a replacement of all O-rings and oil seals a nitrogen gas change - pressure manufacturer recommendations The adjustment range has to be checked as performance drops, or due to any changes across the working range. For the Formula Renault, the rear dampers have to be matched on adjustment to be sure that their reaction is consistent.

Student Experience “I previously worked for Lamborghini GT3 and Porsche GT3 as a mechanic. I decided to attend university as I had no qualifications and would not have been able to progress in my career. I chose UWTSD because of their excellent links to industry that enabled me to secure a six-week placement with McLaren over the summer, working within the gearbox division. Experience gained during your degree is invaluable, and so being part of the Formula Renault team, as Team Manager, has offered me additional managerial skills and taught me how to pass on my knowledge to less experienced members of the team effectively.” Head Engineer, Sanjaya Ranasinghe, BEng Degree

Once the dyno session had been completed, the software provided a full printout of the traces showing the dampers’ characteristics and the adjustment range. If the damper was not working properly, the traces would show up the faults through traces variation.

"I have already been able to put into practice the logistic principles that we have learned in our lectures when planning the testing weekend in Anglesey and I look forward to applying more knowledge during the race season. I have also learned about teamwork and how the motorsport industry is run when UWTSD provided the opportunity to work for the Motorsport Industry Association at Autosport International." Aled Powell, BSc Motorsport Management Student "I have learned a lot about the commercial side of running a race team, such as sponsorship acquisition. The course has also offered me the skills to manage a racing driver outside the University." Jessica Russ, BSc Motorsport Management Student


Race Preparation “My role was to prepare the bodywork for the new livery. The first job was to get all of the panels back to a smooth surface which could be painted over. The cracks in the bodywork had to be repaired, this was done with a gel coat for the smaller cracks and fibreglass for the larger cracks. Any previous repairs also had to be restored.”

“My role was to prepare the loom for the upgrade to the Euro IV. The new Euro IV is smaller, lighter, programmable, and has a built in data logger and the ability to have launch control. Working on the loom has been a lot of trial and error but the aim is for the car to be more reliable than the previous Electronic Control Unit (ECU).”

George Warrington – Bodywork repairs

Chris Moulinie – Wiring Loom

Race Calendar TEST

March 20th


Donington Park


April 5-6th


Snetterton 300


April 26-27th


Donington Park


May 24-25


Rockingham Int


June 14-15th




June 27-29th


Spa Francorchamps


July 19th


Oulton Park Int’l (DH)


July 20


Mallory Park


August 16-17th


Silverstone GP (DH)


September 13-14th


Brands Hatch GP


October 4th


Castle Combe (DH)


October 18


Snetterton 200 (DH)


November 22-23rd


Brands Hatch Indy




Official Partners UWTSD, Fuchs, Gates, Alcon, Point Lynas Lighthouse, Got Boost, Cam Sports, Speed Factor

Team Formula Renault Contact Details: Jessica Russ & Aled Powell – Team Managers 01792 481000


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