“If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.” ― Mario Andretti Donabate Community College Junior Team Meet The Team Conor Bolton: Team manager and I.C.T. Coordinator Conor’s role is Team manager and I.C.T Coordinator. Conor has an interest in all of the major functions within the team and through his position as team manager hopes to gain experience in leadership as well as an opportunity to work with each of the team members in their respective areas. Conor will also be the lead engineer for ICT as he has a keen interest in Computing. Manus Doorley: Design and Resource Manager. Manus likes using computers and solid works (CAD) and enjoys the creative process of technical design. These skills combined with his passion for technology and engineering make him an ideal designer. Khalid Kamil: Design Engineer Khalid is studying business and technical graphics and will use these talents to lead the team to success. Khalid’s design and engineering skills will be applied to help our team develop the most aerodynamic car possible! team. Oisin Dineen: Design and Manufacturing Engineer Oisin will bring the knowledge and skills that he has developed within his technology and technical graphics study to provide an edge in design and manufacturing of our vehicle. Left to Right: Khalid Kamil, Matthew Wright, Conor Bolton, Manus Doorley, Bernard Hollands, Oisin Dineen Bernard Hollands: Manufacturing engineer. Bernard will contribute his knowledge of technology and metal work to give the team an advantage in manufacture of our vehicle. As with all of our dedicated team members Bernard is willing to stay after school and contribute all and any time required to work on our project and lead us to success! Matthew Wright: Marketing Manager Matthew brings business studies and marketing experience to the team. Matthew will lead our Marketing team and contribute to team success by developing our business and marketing plan. This plan includes our sponsorship and advertising plan which will be increasingly important as we progress within the competition. Research Bearings Slipstream Laminar Flow The two main types of bearings are radial and thrust bearings. However for the manufacturing of our car we will need radial bearings as they are very efficient for going in straight lines. slipstream is the airstream generating low air pressure and forward suction directly behind the car. Slipstream is frequently used in racing where one vehicle leverages it to overtake another. Is the way air flows past something. The body of our car will be as aerodynamic possible to reduce turbulent flow and increase laminar flow which in turn will reduce drag. The exact type of bearing that we are going to use is yet to be confirmed until further tests are to be done. Slipstream may not factor in our F1 in schools project however we were inspired to use Slipstream as our team name and overtake the competition! Downforce Creating down force helps F1 cars go around corners at high speeds by creating grip. As there are no corners to turn in the F1 in Schools track, we want to reduce the grip to allow our car to travel at maximum speeds. Aerodynamic Design Our car body will have a streamlined shape so that it can cut through the air very efficiently. We will leverage many elements of design and automated computer based testing to optimize our design. In considering the design for our car shape we took inspiration from shapes in nature that are very fast and have low friction when travelling through air or water. For example: Bullets, arrows, eagles, Supersonic aircraft (Blackbird) and other F1 cars. Design Car Shape Within the team structure we collaborated to identify the strengths and interests of every member of team. We believe that our team structure will help bring the best qualities out of each individual and provide them a great experience. Team Structure Logo Our logo captures the spirit of racing with the checkered flag, the slipstream forces and the Greek God Hermes who was one of the messenger of the gods and one of the gods of speed! Innovation We chose the name Slipstream as it captures the vision of speed, power and aerodynamics. Slipstreaming is often used in F1 Racing allowing a chasing car to catch the leader by following behind it and leveraging the reduced drag to even overtake and win! For the basic design and aerodynamics of the cars we used certain influences like for example the Bullet, Arrow and various types of aircraft. Our Plan Marketing, Advertising and fund raising: In order to advertise our team we will create and design a website where we will advertise our team brand. We also plan to advertise in the local newspaper and acquire a radio interview on local radio to solicit support for our team. These PR opportunities will also provide value to our sponsors and reciprocally increase their visibility. We will use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube, ask acquired sponsors to advertise the team. Investment: We are going to spend our sponsorship money by purchasing our team uniform, purchasing merchandise for our pit display, acquiring transport the competition, the domain for our website, purchasing high quality bearings and materials for axles and wheels of our car and for purchasing materials to build a track to test our car. Team Goal The goal of team Slipstream is not only to leverage our talents, skills and talent to research a winning car, but also to have fun and gain experience. Irrespective of the outcome of the race…we will be winners by gaining valuable experience Potential Sponsors: Our team will leverage local contacts to develop leads and sponsorship opportunities. Current sponsor opportunities include: General Motors, Irish Nail and Beauty bars, Graham Transport and Vodafone. Further leads have been identified and will be developed over the coming weeks. Timeline and Plan: We have developed a sequenced timeline and plan for the creation of our research, business and technology efforts. As we progress with our project this plan will be refined and reviewed with our sponsors and program team.