Formula Student

Formula Student

Formula Student is a student engineering competition held annually in the UK. Student teams from around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula style racing car. The cars are judged on a number of criteria including both static and dynamic events. It is sanctioned by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers and uses the same rules as the original Formula SAE.

The 2008 Formula Student event was held at Silverstone Circuit between 10-13 July 2008.

Class Definitions

There are 5 entry classes in Formula Student, designed to allow progressive learning.

Class 1

This is the class which is similar to the Formula SAE competition in which teams design, manufacture and race fully working cars built solely for the event, the car can not be entered into class 1 again after its first year, instead it can be entered into class 1-200.

Class 1a

This is an alternative fueled class where more of an emphasis is placed on the environmental impact of racing.

Class 1-200

This is when the car from the previous years class 1 entry is re-entered and re-engineered to allow the students to gain experience for the class 1 event.

Class 2

This is the class for teams that have a car that is nearly fully ready for class 1 but do not compete in the dynamic events.

Class 3

This is the initial entry point into Formula Student in which teams design cars to Formula SAE rules but do not manufacture them, allowing them to get some good design feedback before they manufacture.


The cars are judged by industry specialists on the following criteria:

tatic Events

*Design (150), Cost (100) & Presentation Judging (75)
*Technical & Safety Scrutineering
*Tilt Test
*Brake & Noise Test

Dynamic Events

*Skid Pan (Figure of 8) (50)
*1Km Sprint (150)
*75m Acceleration (75)
*22Km Endurance (350) & Fuel Economy (50)

The winner of the event is the team with the highest number of points out of a maximum of a 1000.



The Event is currently held at the Silverstone circuit, with the dynamic events taking place on Luffield, Brooklands and the pit straight. The event has been held at the Silverstone circuit since 2007.


The Event was held on the Go-Kart track at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome between 2002 and 2006.

NEC Birmingham

The event was held for 3 years at the NEC Birmingham between 1999 and 2001.


The First event was held at the Motor Industry Research Association proving ground in 1999.


Notable Judges

Ross Brawn - Honda Racing F1

Andrew Deakin - Renault F1

Jon Hilton - Flybrid systems, ex Renault F1

Ben Michelle - Dunlop Tyres

Dan Jones - Flybrid Systems

Competing Teams

* [ Queens Formula Racing, Belfast Northern Ireland]
* [ SURE (Swansea University Race Engineering)]
* [ Team Bath Racing, University of Bath, UK]
* [ Aston Formula Student, Birmingham]
* [ University Racing Eindhoven, Netherlands]
* [ Delft University of Technology, Netherlands]
* [ Cambridge University Students, UK]
* [ KTH Racing, Stockholm Sweden]
* [ Helsinki Polytechnic, Finland]
* [ Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden]
* [ University of Central Lancashire]
* [ University of Warwick]
* [ University of Birmingham]
* [ Cardiff University]
* [ University of Hertfordshire] Wikipedia Link for UH racing
* [ Oxford Brookes University]
* [ Delft University of Technology, Netherlands]
* [ Brunel University]
* [ Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal]
* [ Polytechnic Institute of Leiria , Portugal]
* [ Squadra Corse - Politecnico di Torino, Italy]
* [ K.J.Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai University, India]
* [ Student's Engineering Group MADI, Moscow, Russia]
* [ University of Toronto, Canada]
* [ University of Patras, Greece]
* [ University of Portsmouth Formula Student Team, UK]
* [ AMZ Formula Student ETH, Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland]
* [ University of Manchester Formula Student, UK]
* [ Team HARE (Huddersfield Automotive Racing Enterprise)]
* [ University of Strathclyde, Glasgow]

ee also

*Formula SAE
*Formula Student Germany
*Formula SAE Australasia
*Formula Student Russia
*Formula SAE Japan
*Formula SAE Brazil
*Formula SAE Italy
*Formula SAE West

External links

* [ Formula SAE]
* [ Formula Student]
* [ Formula Student Germany]
* [ Formula Student Russia]
* [ Forum]
* [ Formula Student Portsmouth]

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