Formula Student team on track for silverstone

1 July 2008 – for immediate release

A team of budding Lewis Hamiltons at Aston University will unveil their Formula Students (FS) racing car on Friday 4 July 2008.

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), FS is Europe’s biggest student motorsport event and Aston’s Team Manager, Sarit Shah, is keen for his team to be in pole position.

‘This year more than ever, Aston Formula Student feels ready to race with its latest innovation in automotive engineering. Car 88 has been developed using the most up-to-date materials and techniques available and promises to provide a lightweight and successful entry for the 2008 competition,’ said Sarit.

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 second time at Silverstone, on 10 – 13 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.

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

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.

For more information go to www.astonformulastudent.co.uk


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 1pm and 3pm on Friday, 4th July, please contact Susan Urwin on (0121 204 3558) if you would like to attend.

Please note that Lord Drayson’s Aston Martin DB 9 will also be on campus for photographs.

For further press information on the day of the event please contact Susan Urwin on 0771 371 4701.

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.

For further information, an electronic copy of the Formula Student press pack or to attend please contact media@imeche.org or phone 020 7304 6888.

The Aston team is funded by the University and international sponsors including Aston Science Park, EduComp, Aerovac, Samco Sport, Hirschmann, Puremedium CNC Ltd, AP Racing, Amber Composites, ATL, Rohacell, Titan, RS and Barton Petroleum.

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