Aston Formula Student takes on Silverstone

Formula Student 2012

1 August 2012

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.

For further media information contact Kreesha Pattani, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or k.pattani1@aston.ac.uk