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Aston Formula Student on track for Silverstone

Formula Student '09
Formula Student '09

10/07/09

Top student engineers and designers at Aston University and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have unveiled their Formula Student racing cars at Aston University in Birmingham this week.
Formula Student is Europe’s biggest student motor sport event. This year a record 114 teams from 17 countries from across the world are set to compete at Silverstone, later this month.

The IIT Bombay team have been hosted by Aston University to allow its 13-strong team to compete in Formula Student, which has been organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The teams will be competing in 600cc cars, which are designed and built from scratch and are capable of travelling from 0 to 60mph in under four seconds. The cars will be put through a series of tests, including acceleration, sprint, endurance races, and skid pads. The students’ knowledge, creativity, and imagination are also tested in the equally important design, presentation and cost assessment elements of the competition. This involves students presenting their designs to a group of judges drawn from industry and motor sport.

Aston’s team manager, Phill Scott, said he was extremely keen for his team to be in pole position, and has also enjoyed the opportunity to host fellow engineering students from India.
“We’ve been using the most up-to-date materials and techniques available, to create a single seat lightweight car which we feel is capable of winning this year’s event,” said Phill.  “We think this year’s car is the most complete ever in terms of looks, reliability and performance. We’re definitely aiming for a top 20 finish at the very least.”

Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, praised the teams’ efforts and wished them every success. “I am always delighted to see engineering students applying their academic knowledge to real projects such as this as it develops the skills and attributes necessary for future employees and industry both now and in the future The Formula Student competition is very high-profile and respected throughout the world, and no doubt having the race at Silverstone will add to the prestige and success of the event.”

Professor King added; “IIT Bombay is an outstanding institution and is recognised for the quality of its graduates and research. We’re delighted to welcome them to Aston and wish them every success in the competition.”

Professor Robert Berry, Executive Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at Aston, who has just returned from a visit to IIT Bombay, said; ‘‘We really value and support innovative engineering at Aston, so we’re delighted to be able to support our own Aston team and IIT Bombay. This event really does help to encourage and test the skills of the next generation of engineers. It has proved a great opportunity for the two teams to get to know each other and learn from each other.”

The Silverstone event runs from Thursday, July 16th until Sunday, July 19th. Members of the public are invited to attend Silverstone free of charge on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday July 19th.

For more information on Formula Student, go to www.astonformulastudent.co.uk
To arrange an interview or photograph please contact Aston University Press Officer Alex Earnshaw on 0121 204 4549.

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