Oxford Brookes Racing’s cool collaboration with SPAL


We continue to supply our high performance engine cooling fans to Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR). This award-winning Formula Student team from Oxford Brookes University returns for the 2019 season and is looking to build on its past successes.

OBR has competed in Formula Student since its inception in 1999. The team designs, builds and races a single-seat Formula Student car. The team is made up of approximately 200 students from across the department’s engineering courses.

OBR’s success in Formula Student

Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR) was one of the first teams to compete in the Formula Student UK (FSUK) in 1999. Throughout the OBR’s history it has regularly competed at FSUK (Silverstone Circuit), FSG (Hockenheim, Germany), and FSA (Red Bull Ring, Austria).

The 2002 competition marked the beginning of the team’s rise to the forefront, finishing 13th overall at FSUK.

After the successes of the previous year, the 2003 season saw OBR finishing 5th overall and winning the coveted title of ‘Best UK Team’ for the first time, a feat the team has achieved a a total of 6 times.

OBR’s unrivalled innovation

The team’s innovation continued throughout the mid-2000s with multiple powertrain architectures developed. For the 2007 season, the team competed with both a combustion and electric car - the only team to have 2 cars finish the FSUK endurance.

In 2013, the team extended its reach by competing in the Czech Republic and took the podium in the autocross, design and skid-pad events.

From 2014, the team has continued to evolve its aerodynamic package through wind-tunnel validation, improved CFD simulations, validated through on-track testing with the support of F1 experts.

Formula Student’s 2018 season

The season concluded with the team’s best performance to date and placed 2nd overall, earning ‘Best UK Team’. The team also notched 2nd place in the design competition and skid-pad event and 3rd in the endurance event.

This success has elevated the team into the most won ‘Best UK Team’ titles of all FSUK contenders.

Looking ahead to the 2019 FSUK season

Further evolution of the vehicle has continued alongside team performance. The 2019 contender features a single cylinder KTM 450cc engine, 10” wheels, a moulded ¾ monocoque, and a high performance aerodynamic package. Additionally, the team has furthered its ambitions by integrating two projects (Class 1 & Class 2 vehicles).

"OBR is very grateful to SPAL for its support for the coming season. We are excited to see the results of this collaboration on the track this summer!"

And so are we guys - what an impressive team! We wish the team good luck and look forward to hearing of further accolades this season.

If you would like to know more, please contact us. Alternatively, you may wish to read further Formula Student stories:

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Posted in News on May 10, 2019

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