The Formula Student 2019 season is rapidly approaching its climax with only around three weeks left to go until the Silverstone weekend; Team HARE are busy putting all their efforts into getting HARE-19 completely ready for the finals running from the 19th to the 21st July.
At this crucial point in the competition, we took some time to catch up with the leadership team to see how they have been dealing with steering the team towards the finish line.
Team Principal- Simon Roberts
“Over the past academic year, I have had the pleasure of leading a very talented, driven and dedicated team. My focus has been on ensuring the team runs as efficiently as possible as well as representing the team to the public and our wonderful sponsors.
The past 10 months have seen a complete evolution of the HARE vehicle with performance and reliability at the core of all development. The team, as a whole, have worked incredibly hard to complete all work to set deadlines and this has allowed for a good amount of crucially needed testing time. Although a lot of the hard work is done with, these final few weeks leading up to the event are still critical. But we are confident that our time is now and that we will return to top form.
This is truly one of the best teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would like to thank all my teammates for the astounding work they have put in this year.
Thank you also to metals4U and all our sponsors for all their support. We look forward to bringing our all to FSUK 2019. See you There!”
Business Manager- Jack Welstead
“My role as Business Manager involves simulating our Formula Student project as a real-world business, this means considering the cost of production, our required facilities and machinery, workforce, company profitability, customer care, forecasting sales and much more. To get this information across at events, it takes the form of a presentation. This is evaluated by a team of highly experienced engineers where we will be marked against hundreds of other competitors.
My role also involves all social media coverage and sponsor communications, this is very important to ensure the team gives an exciting and stimulating interaction with interested on-lookers.
This year we launched team branding through the 20th Anniversary logo to celebrate the team’s success over the last two decades and the “Our Time is Now”. My aim from the outset of this project has been to make the team look as impressive and professional as possible. I believe I have accomplished this through the large amount of sponsorship gains, new team kit, pit dress, and social media interactions.”
Project Manager-Michi O’Shea
“My role involves initiating, planning and reviewing phases throughout the project to design, manufacture, build, then compete with our 2019 car.
Creating and working with a tight budget and timing really allows the creative and innovative side of people to come through, but it does pose challenges at times. This is especially true when trying to manage a detailed timing plan and forecast costs for each team, in addition to hitting targets and remaining competitive.
I am excited to see the hours of hard work put in by the team finally pay off at the competition!”
We wish them all the very best for the rest of their Formula Student 2019 journey… and we can’t wait to see HARE-19 in action and cheer them on from the sidelines next month!