Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) since it began 15 years ago, Formula Student challenges universities from across the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car from scratch in one year – before putting it to the test at one of the world’s greatest racetracks.
The cars are judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.
Formula Student is:
- A high-performance engineering project that is extremely valued by universities and usually forms part of a degree-level project.
- Viewed by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, transitioning them from university to the workplace.
- The kite-mark for real-world engineering experience.
The goal of this event is to excite and encourage young people to take up a career in engineering. It seeks to challenge university students to conceive, design, build, cost, present and compete as a team with a small single-seat racing car in a series of static and dynamic competitions. The format of the event is such that it provides an ideal opportunity for the students to demonstrate and improve their capabilities to deliver a complex and integrated product in the demanding environment of a motorsport competition.