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Aston Formula Student

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.

What is Formula Student?

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

Formula Student 2013/14

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.

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Link twitter: https://twitter.com/AstonRacingFS
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Dr David Upton
Doctor of Mechanical Engineering

Formula Student 2012 - Results

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Top student engineers and designers at Aston University finished 20th out of the UK entries at this year’s Formula Student competition, held at Silverstone.

The FS competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), challenges university students to design, build, develop and market a small single-seater racing car, then compete against higher education institutions across the world. A record 134 teams from 34 countries registered for the competition this year, making it the largest in the competition’s 15 year history.

The Formula Student team at Aston University came 20th out of the UK entries in the Class 1 Formula Student competition and 50th overall.
The Aston Formula Student Team is a project open to final year engineering students. Unlike other years, where the team was managed by post-graduate students, the 2012 team managers were all undergraduates too.

The teams competed in 600cc cars, which were designed and built from scratch and are capable of travelling from 0 to 60mph in under four seconds. Aston’s Class 1 car, Car 95, was put through a series of tests, including acceleration, sprint, endurance races, and skid pads. The students’ knowledge, creativity, and imagination were also tested in the equally important design, business presentation and cost assessment elements of the competition. This involved students presenting their designs to a group of judges drawn from industry and motorsport.

David Upton, Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences said; “The weekend was both hard work and incredible fun and the whole team were extremely happy with how the car performed. The team overcame some major obstacles which seriously affected manufacture and assembly, the main issue being driveshaft late delivery, but overcame them all successfully. “

“Aston’s entry this year incorporated some significant improvements to the previous models, especially in the area of the power train, and it paid off. Formula Student is an excellent vehicle for developing the skills and attributes required by future employers.”

Aston also had an entry in the Class 2 competition, where students had to provide a detailed paper design for development as a Class 1 entry in subsequent years. The Class 2 team comprised of first and second year students, who have developed an alternative fully electric car design, Car 202. In a series of static events, with models and presentations, the team were credited with an overall 6th position from 22 international entries and 4th in the UK.

Formula Student 2011 - Results

The Aston University team members have achieved an exceptional car in the Formula Student 2011 event, finishing 44th of 79 competing universities.

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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