Over 100 unis gear up for world’s largest student motorsport competitionBy Sj.Cliff
University of Southampton students are on track for the world’s biggest student motor sport competition at Silverstone from 9-13 July.
A record 37 UK universities (or 3000 students) will battle it out with teams from all around the world in single seat racing cars built from scratch at Formula Student 2014.
The race is a chance for up and coming engineers to showcase their talent. This year see’s entrants up to 62 UK university teams from 47 last year.
“It’s an opportunity to apply the skills I’ve learned during my time at university, and to design and build something which can be used in the real world,” says James Le Hoax, Team Leader of SUFST (Southampton University Formula Student Team).
“One of the biggest challenges in Formula Student is the time scale; we start designing the car at the beginning of the academic year in September to race the following July. That gives us just over nine months to completely design and build a new car.”
But there’s not just the other UK uni’s to worry about. This year see’s the début of teams from China, Ecuador and Jordan as well as returning South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, Canada and India.
No pressure there then(!)
As well as F1, There is also the Bosch Diesel Eco Challenge, a three-day, on-track challenge to crown Britain’s ‘greenest’ driver, run by Formula Student partner Bosch. Like the Formula Student teams, entries have more than doubled from the previous year to 53.
Jon Hilton, Chairman of Formula Student said: “It’s brilliant to see teams like SUFST in Formula Student 2014 – it shows that the competition remains one of the most important learning experiences for those aiming to combine their studies with exposure to a real world engineering project.
“Formula Student is a global competition and we want to continue to encourage brilliant young engineers from across the globe to improve their practical skills and get ready to play their part in the vibrant worldwide engineering community.”
“The innovation demonstrated by these young engineers gets more impressive every time and I’m extremely excited to see what they have in store for us this year.”
Dozens of Formula Student alumni have progressed to Formula 1, and hundreds more are now working at the world’s largest automotive firms helping to design and engineer the cars of tomorrow.