Formula Student to Formula One – student engineers race to glory

13 July 2007 – for immediate release

Budding Lewis Hamiltons at Aston University unveiled their Formula Student (FS) racing car on Friday 6 July at Aston Business School.

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), FS is Europe’s biggest student motorsport event and Aston’s Team Manager, Stuart Moss, is keen for his team to win.

‘This event is about as exciting as it gets. It is the only project of its kind in the world where we can design and build and then compete in a racing car!’ said Stuart.


Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, praised the team's efforts and said: 'I am always delighted to see our engineering students applying their academic knowledge to real projects such as this.

‘The Formula Student competition is very high-profile and respected throughout the world. I wish the team every success with this year's car and I am sure that it will be a great success at Silverstone,' she continued.

FS is taking place this year, for the first time at Silverstone, on 13-15 July and challenges some of the best young engineering minds in the world to compete in a single-seater racing car that they have designed and built from scratch.

This year’s event has already smashed entry records from teams with over 110 teams from all over the world (including more than 30 UK teams) as far afield as Japan and India taking part – each trying to win FS.

Nick Fry, Chief Executive Officer, Honda Racing F1 Team, which is now a partner in the event, said: ‘We consider Formula Student to be the leading student motorsport engineering event of its kind and Honda is delighted to be a part of it. It creates one of the best learning environments for future engineers and at the same time allows us to forge close links with some of the finest emerging engineering talent.’

‘The challenge of Formula One is continually evolving and it is important that we nurture the next generation of engineers to ensure that we maintain the resources to continue to push the technological boundaries. Developing people is something that has always been an important element of the Honda Motor Co., Ltd philosophy,’ he added.

Former Scuderia Ferrari Technical Director and IMechE Fellow, Ross Brawn, is the Patron of the event, which is now in its tenth year. He describes the event as offering students first class hands-on technical experience with academic studies and is ‘an excellent training experience for young engineers.’

The cars undergo a series of dynamic tests at Silverstone such as the Acceleration, Sprint, Skid-Pad and Endurance events but the students’ knowledge, creativity, and imagination are also tested in the equally important design, presentation and cost assessment elements of the competition where they must present their designs to a group of judges drawn from industry and motorsport.



Photo by Tony Flanagan


Notes to editors

• For further press information about the event please contact Hannah Brookes at Aston University Press Office on (0121) 204 4549. There will be a photo opportunity between 12pm and 2pm on Friday, 6th July, please contact us if you would like to attend.

• For further press information on the day of the event please contact Sarit Shah on 07940 512 885.

• For more information about the Formula Student project please contact the IMechE Press Office on 0207 304 6877/6935 or 07730 644134 email media@imeche.org. Further details of individual teams and can be found at www.formulastudent.com

• The Aston team is funded by the University and international sponsors including Siemon, MiTech, EduComp, Aerovac, b.i.g performance, Titan, Hirschmann and Degussa.

• The IMechE is the global voice for mechanical engineering and supports a vast range of engineering education initiatives across schools and universities. It has over 75,000 members in 120 countries and represents mechanical engineers involved in a diversity of fields such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries to name a few.

• FS usually forms part of the students’ academic studies, and culminates in a competition where teams from all over the world come together to race and compete against each other. Restrictions are placed on the car frame and engine so the students’ knowledge, creativity, and imagination are tested. FS is backed by the Government-supported Learning Grid initiative which recognises the project’s outstanding contribution to engineering education and the promotion of engineering careers to young people.www.learninggrid.co.uk


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