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Meet the team: Jacob Wellsbury

Hello, I’m Jacob and I am the current Head of Engine. I’m currently in my 3rd year of Mechanical Engineering, and I have been part of the team for around a year and a half.

What roles have you held in the past and what made you want to become Head of Engine?

I joined the team in 2019, where for the first year I became interested in the changes being made in the engine department. As a result, the previous department head got me involved in a few projects. This led to me going for the role of Head of Engine in 2020, which I have held since.

What does the role of Head of Engine involve?

As Head of Engine my role involves everything that allows the engine to run. This includes the fuel system, air intake system, engine cooling, and of course the engine itself.

What exciting developments are you currently working on for the future?

One of the interesting developments being worked on by the engine department currently is the switch from RON80 fuel to E85 fuel. The difference between the two fuels is that E85 fuel is a 85% ethanol to 15% petrol mix. The advantages of this include potential for increased performance, greater engine cooling, and the fact that ethanol is a biofuel and thus is more sustainably produced in comparison to standard petrol.

The Head of Engine is responsible for several critical systems as well as the engine itself.

What is your favourite memory from your time in TAU Racing?

My favourite memory from my time in TAU has to be when we tested the model for a baffled fuel tank, that I produced in my first year of TAU. After weeks of designing and manufacture of the components, seeing it work perfectly was a great feeling.

Why do you think people should join TAU Racing?

I believe that TAU racing is a great opportunity for any engineering or related field student. The hands on experience I have got from my small time in TAU has proven invaluable when applying for internships and jobs, as experience in a workshop is something many students don’t get anymore.

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