Engineering students compete at Silverstone

A group of automotive and mechanical engineering students have successfully built and raced their own single-seat race car in this year’s Formula Student competition at Silverstone.

Formula Student race car

The competition, which took place on 12-15 July, is the world’s largest student motorsport event and challenges students from all over the world to design, build and race a single-seat racing car.  The cars are judged, and teams tested, on a variety of different aspects, from speed and acceleration, to design and business presentation skills.

Formula Student is considered as the ideal transition from university to the workplace by the motorsport industry, with competition patron, Ross Brawn OBE, highlighting it as presenting a ‘real-world challenge’ and calling the experience ‘the best education an engineering student can get’.

A record 134 teams from 34 countries registered for the competition and with Leeds Formula Race Team being the oldest competing UK university in the ranks, team leader Tony Clelland said they were ‘keen to re-achieve past successes’.  This year’s car was built with a focus on lightweight materials, reliability and cost effectiveness of manufacture and production.

The Leeds team did extremely well and was placed 45th out of 103 overall, whilst coming 17th out of 38 cars from the UK.

For a full list of results, visit the Formula Student website .

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