London South Bank University (LSBU) School of Engineering students are on track to take part in the world’s
biggest student motorsport competition, held at Silverstone from 14-17 July.
global Formula Student competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is the
world’s largest student motorsport event and challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat
racing car in one year. Applications
were received from many teams around the world, with 156 teams – including LSBU – successfully claiming a place to take part in the competition.
The students will design and build a car to be judged on its speed, acceleration,
handling and endurance, in a series of time-trial races. The teams are also tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.
of Formula Student alumni have progressed into careers in Formula 1 and hundreds more are
now working at the world’s largest automotive firms helping to design and
engineer the cars of tomorrow.
LSBU's team will compete with both domestic and international students from 34 countries in Europe, Asia and Australia. Richard
Folkson, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “Students
who compete in Formula Student are highly valued in all sectors of industry,
not just in automotive engineering, but across all disciplines such as
aerospace, power industries, manufacturing and process industries."
benefits of the competition are in teaching teamwork, delivering
challenging technical targets on time and within a tight budget and pushing the
boundaries of what is technically possible, while showing the judges they
understand the science behind their ideas.
Richard Folkson, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Formula Student team at LSBU are also collaborating with other universities participating in the competition. Students recently visited their counterparts at University College London (UCL), giving a presentation on the current status of their car's design and manufacture, ahead of visiting the UCL team's workshop and learning more about their previously entered Formula Student cars.