22. July 2014

Towing Your Trailer Safely

Category: General, 2014, Pat´s Corner

In April 2006, a team from the University of Mankato in Minnesota,  attending FSAE in Michigan, lost control of their trailer in a cross wind and crashed into opposing traffic. Three students were killed and several others...

16. July 2014

Some of the Issues a Team Faces When Designing for FSG.

Category: General, 2014, Pat´s Corner

It is now 20 years since I saw my first Formula Student event, FSAE 1994 at the Pontiac Silverdome in the US. I was on a business trip in the USA and attended as a spectator.

Pontiac Silverdome where the FSAE competition was...

10. June 2014

Pat’s Corner - Formula Student Tyres for Dummies

Category: Pat´s Corner

I had a phone call today from a team member who wanted to talk about tyres.

He made the point that there is a lot of tyre information out there, including the data from the Tyre Testing Consortium, but little to tell you what it...

10. March 2014

Pat’s Corner - Bill Mitchell, Rules & Engine Choices

Category: Pat´s Corner

I had a timely reminder today that it is a long time since I wrote a new blog article.

I guess getting involved with FS India and FS Russia has distracted me, but FSG is still my primary Formula event, so here...

03. August 2013

Pat’s Live Corner starts today

Category: Competition, Pat´s Corner, 2013

Meet Pat in his corner @recreation.area in the FSG forum

Saturday 14.00 – 17.00

Sunday 10.00 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00

05. March 2013

Formula Student – Education or Motorsport?

Category: Pat´s Corner

In my life before Formula Student I was responsible for the technical area of CIK Karting, so I still maintain a passing interest in that sport. So last night I was reading the local Karting News.

A couple of recent news items...

02. November 2012

Pat’s Seven Deadly Sins of FS Design

Category: Pat´s Corner

In my last blog, I mentioned that some ‘beginner errors’ are creeping back into the designs we are seeing from some very experienced teams. I will consider the following list as ‘deadly’ sins because they are likely to lead to a...

08. October 2012

The Summer of 2012

Category: Pat´s Corner

Well, the summer is finished and the FS season is over for another year, so it is time to review the highpoints of the year.

FSG was another huge success. In order to reduce the workload on the staff, the night enduro for...

04. August 2012

Pat’s Corner Live

Category: Pat´s Corner

Today we have another first at Formula Student Germany: Pat’s Corner Live. All teams are invited to come by for advice from Pat Clarke. Feel free to bring along parts or a computer. A flat screen is available to display any...

18. April 2012

How the Judges Learn about this stuff

Category: Pat´s Corner

Warning! Historical stuff!

I am often asked where I learned about this race car design stuff. Students want to know if they can learn the same way. The simple answer is ‘No’ because times and places have changed and we must...

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