23. February 2016

Pat's Corner - Back to Basics

Category: Pat´s Corner, 2016

I have just returned from Formula Student India, where the importance of re-covering the basics became obvious. We forget the churn of students through Formula Student and often the basics are forgotten when new teams attempt to...

20. April 2015

Pat's Corner - The Money Tree

Category: Pat´s Corner, 2015

I regularly get asked by teams how they can get more sponsorship. No team ever had enough money regardless of their budget and as Formula Student cars get more sophisticated, so the cost of competing increases.  My usual...

12. December 2014

Pat's Corner - Communication with Judges

Category: Pat´s Corner, 2014

Communication Formula Student was founded with the intention of preparing graduating students for a life in Industry. What is usually quoted is the 'finishing' of young engineer's education by giving them a 'real' project to...

02. August 2014

Pat's Corner Live @FSG2014

Category: Competition, 2014, Pat´s Corner

This year you can meet our Chief Design Judge Pat - known from many famous article concerning engineering design topics - live in our recreation area on the FSG event site. Pat’s Corner live is the best possibility to discuss...

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...

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