Aston Formula Student on track for Silverstone

Formula Student
The 2009 Aston Formula Student team

30th June, 2010

Top student engineers and designers at Aston University are set to unveil their Formula Student racing car at Aston University in Birmingham, this Friday July 2nd, 2010 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. (Aston Conference Centre).

The Mayor and Mayoress of Birmingham, Councillor Len Gregory and Ms Gillian Gregory, will be among those attending the launch event, which marks Aston’s tenth successive year of competing at Formula Student (FS).

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 127 teams from 26 countries will be at Silverstone in July, with 42 UK universities taking part.

The Aston team, managed by MSc engineering students, Phil May and James Riley will see the team of final year engineering and design students, look to better its top 30 position in 2009.

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 motorsport.

Phil May said; “We are aiming for a top five finish among UK entrants and a top 15 placing overall. This year we’ve reduced the weight of our car, increased its power output by around 20 per cent to around 60 horse power, increased the rigidity of the car, and made it more balanced. Each member of the 16- strong team has been given responsibility for specific areas of the car ranging from the chassis, driver environment and engine to the suspension, logistics and materials development.”

David Smith, Project coordinator in Aston’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, said; “With its emphasis on design and development, team working and meeting deadlines, Formula Student is an excellent vehicle for developing the skills and attributes required by future employers.”

The Silverstone event runs from Thursday, July 15th until Sunday, July 18th. Members of the public are invited to attend Silverstone free of charge on Saturday, July 17th and Sunday July 18th. For more information on Formula Student, go to http://www1.aston.ac.uk/eas/undergraduate/formula-student/



  • Engineering students from Aston University are set to unveil their Formula Student racing car at Aston University Conference Centre, Aston Street, in Birmingham, UK, on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

  • Members of Aston University’s ‘Formula Aston’ team will be available for both photographs and interviews, alongside their single-seat racing car.

  • To arrange an interview or photograph please contact Aston University Press Officer Alex Earnshaw on 0121 204 4549.

Notes to editors:

  • The Formula Aston team is funded by Aston University and UK and international sponsors. These partners are; 3D Connexions;Amber Composites;AP RacingBirmingham Science Park Aston;Carbon Fibre Technologies Ltd;Carbonology; CTG Ltd; E.ON Power Engineering Services; Educomp;Emhart Teknologies; Hirschmann Engineering; GMBH; James Listers; JS Wright; Ole Buhl Racing; Opie Oils; Puremedium CNC Ltd; RS Components; Samco Sport; Willans; Zircotec.

  • The Institute of Mechanical Engineering 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.