Formula Students head for Silverstone

The Formula Student 2011 car was unveiled by the Vice-Chancellor

On Friday 10 June, the 2011 Aston Formula Student car was officially unveiled by the Vice-Chancellor during a lunchtime reception at Aston Business School.

This is the 11th year running that Aston students have taken part in Formula Student (FS), Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). A record 133 teams are taking part in this year’s competition which aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. Universities across the globe are challenged to design, build, develop and market a single-seat racing car.

The cars will compete in a series of static and dynamic events at the famous Silverstone Circuit, 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.

The team is out to beat Aston’s 2009 performance when the student car came 27th out of 82 entries, achieved 11th for endurance, 14th for cost, 18th for economy and 23rd for sprint – and was the top West Midlands team!

Aston’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Julia King said at the launch: “The students who take part in Formula Student are able to experience a real-life example of design and manufacturing and combine this with the business elements of automotive engineering. The team works to tight timescales and so need to be able to work quickly and adapt to any challenges along the way. This competition is crucial to inspiring the next generation of engineers and to addressing the skills shortage in engineering.” 

Formula Student is a fantastic experience to add to any CV, as illustrated by the current roles of some of our former Aston Formula Student Managers:

  • Ed Goodman (FS 2004/5) - Senior Composites Development Engineer at General Electric Aviation

  • Peter Sunnucks (FS 2005/6) - Senior Test Engineer for Messier Dowty

  • Stuart Moss (FS 2006/7) - Technology Consultant at Mouchel

  • Dominic Brown (FS 2007/8) - Graduate Training Scheme at Jaguar LandRover

  • Phill Scott (FS 2008/9) - Production Engineer at Crompton Technology Group Ltd.

This year’s Formula Student competition takes place at Silverstone Circuit between 15 and 18 July and staff are very welcome to go along to support the team. Ticket information.

All that remains is for Aspects to wish the team the very best of luck and a successful competition!

Words by Louise Russell
13 June 2011

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