The USM11 design team started from a relatively clean sheet of paper, with most of the designers new to their roles. An update to Honda's more recent CBR600RR was necessitated due to lack of parts and availability of the older F4i, leading to a complete overhaul of the engine system.
Chassis and suspension designs saw the major changes, with a move to pushrods on the front and a half-swept-back wishbone configuration on the rear, allowing the removal of several rear chassis tubes. New uprights, halfshafts, driveshafts and diff mounts were all designed to reduce overall mass, and a new AP Racing brake balance bar was fitted to improve braking feedback.
Other modifications included an upgraded ECU, a bespoke rapid-prototyped intake system and a redesigned dry sump plate. USM11 performed extremely well at both the UK and Germany competitions, unfortunately suffering from an electrical fault (Silverstone) and cooling leak (Hockenheim) during the Endurance events.
2008 Honda CBR600RR8,
Mild Steel Spaceframe
13" OZ Superleggera
Goodyear Eagle FSAE 20.0x7-13
Non-parallel unequal length double wishbone suspension, pull-rod front/push- rear actuated four-way adjustable Ohlins/Cane Creek dampers (FSAE edition), adjustable anti-roll bars
227kg (no driver)