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TR Fasteners Used In Formula Student Race Car

TR Fastenings (TR) is proudly supporting the Exeter Formula Student racing team, who competed in the international completion this year. Formula Student is the most established educational engineering competition in the UK and is a known testing ground for the next generation of world-class engineers.  

The competition aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and to encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering.  Usually part of a degree-level project, each team is tasked to produce, design and manufacture a prototype single-seat race car for autocross or sprint racing, and present it to a hypothetical manufacturing firm. Each vehicle goes through a rigorous testing process, as it is viewed by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, that will allow them to transition from University to the workplace.

TR, which has a site in Poole, was approached by the team to provide crucial fastener components for the car, including 8 x M10 Hexagon Lock Nuts, 6 x M8 Hexagon Lock Nuts with a left hand thread and 6 x M8 Hexagon Lock Nuts with right hand thread.

It was the specialist left handed thread parts that were crucial to their car design, regarding the suspension pushrods and steering track rods. With a left handed thread at one end, and right handed at the other, setup changes to the car could be made quickly and with great precision by simply twisting the track/push rod. This meant that the rod-ends could be adjusted at either end and then be being fixed in place with the specialist Lock Nuts. 

The competition judges loved it, commenting on how it gave more control over fine adjustment compared to a shim.

Geoff Budd, TR’s European Managing Director, commented: “The team have an absolutely fantastic car which we are proud to say features TR’s fastener products. We are dedicated to aiding young talent and supporting engineering education projects.  We wish the team every success on their journey.”

Click here to find out more about Formula Student.

Published 22.08.18
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