Aston University has been competing in the Formula Student competition since 2002, with each year seeing new ideas and technologies incorporated into the car. The team is made up of a core group of final year Mechanical Engineering students with support from various departments throughout the university, including Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. First and second year students also aid with the design and build process in order to develop them as future team members.
Formula Student is an international competition run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). It promotes careers and excellence in engineering, by challenging teams of university students to design, build, develop, market and compete with a small single seater racing car. Formula Student attracts entries from universities from around the globe, in previous years Aston University have actively supported teams from as far away as South Africa and India. For more information on the competition please use the link below:
More information on the Formula Student competition
Aston is entering its twelfth year within the compettion and has produced a radical re-design based on lessons learnt from previous years. In Formula Student 2014 we will be running a Honda CBR600RR engine with and advanced gearbox technologies incorportating semi automatic gear shifting. We will be returning to a tubular steel spaceframe chassis utilising modern composite materials for external bodywork. Taking full advantage of the University’s in house capabilities for composite material production, CNC machining, rapid prototyping and metallurgy will be the key to the success along with early production of the car thus allowing for extensive testing and driver training. The competition this year will take place between the 9th -13th July at Silverstone racing circuit. Why not follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up to date with the team’s progress. Link twitter: https://twitter.com/AstonRacingFS Link facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aston-Racing/340474056072761 Dr David UptonDoctor of Mechanical Engineering
This result by no means represents the effort and determination applied by the students, who have worked early mornings, weekends and even throughout the night on a number of occasions in order to have the car ready and raring to go at the competition at Silverstone. Despite being waterlogged by the dreadful weather, spirits were high and enthusiasm was huge. Their great hopes were dashed when, at the half-way point of the final event - the change of drivers in the endurance race - the engine refused to start, and despite all efforts, remained silent.However, one of the highlights of the team's success was in the sprint event. In their first run Aston completed the sprint in 82.580 seconds, following up with an amazing 70.920 seconds in the second run, beating our local universities and achieving 24th place overall. Another successful event for Aston University was the acceleration event, finishing 2nd among local universities and a very respectable 30th overall. Many congratulations are due to the team members - the School of Engineering & Applied Science is very proud of them! Next week they will be adding their comments and pictures to this page, once they have had time to recuperate!
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