When it comes to looking after people on the team, what you need to put first is yourself. I learnt this the hard way by trying to help everyone else, no matter the expense to myself, and it almost lead to me leaving the team. Luckily this was a while ago, and I knew when I took over the team that if I was not able to look after myself I would not be able to help others. This does not mean you should leave other people hanging or not help anyone, but when it comes down to it you should not compromise your own health and basic needs. This sounds obvious but it can be very easy to justify just one more late night to help reduce someone’s workload and keep doing this every day.
In the long-term, it is important to present a fixed plan. With so many people working on different personal schedules in the team and being able to commit different amounts of time through the year, it is best to present a few very clear external deadlines well in advance and then break this down into more manageable internal deadlines.
As our Evolution, and the rest of our kit, makes the long journey back from Australia, we are very happy to say that she is well protected. Thanks to CED Packaging, we were able to have a flight case specially designed and built to fit Evolution. The peace of mind that comes with this is invaluable as, after two years of work, it is difficult to send your car into the unknown in the lead up to the race.
In our first Aerodynamics post of the year (and more importantly of the competition year) it is time to shed some light on the ‘special testing’ Aleksi alluded to in his last post. One of our major supporters, Airbus, granted us some testing time at their wind tunnel facility in Filton, Bristol. Testing EVA in her full scale glory was an incredibly exciting start to term and presented an opportunity for the aero team to gain some invaluable experience.
On Wednesday the team had the pleasure of hosting a group of solar car enthusiasts from Hertfordshire. The group has been looking at starting their own team in the UK with the help of their lecturers. The team got in touch with us and we gladly agreed to host them on a visit for a few hours as we want to promote student engineering and solar car development in the UK.