Formula Student


General information

Formula Student 2017 will take place on 20-23 July 2017 at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire.


For the 2017 competition, we require all teams to identify team members wishing to attend the Silverstone event.

To understand how to organise this please download the procedure PDF. fu
The deadline for updating your team list is 17:00 UTC Friday 12 May 2017, payment deadline is 17:00 UTC on Friday 26 May 2017.


Silverstone Village and Silverstone Circuit have a list of local accommodation and amenities. 

Snoozebox offers a totally unique accommodation option and is located right inside the circuit, just minutes from the action. 


Details of the 2017 awards will be available closer to Formula Student 2017.


Camping for Formula Student teams is operated by Goose Live Events and will again be available at the Whittlebury Park campsite, just a 10 minute walk from Silverstone circuit.  The campsite will be open for team arrival from 12:00 midday on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Bookings can be made via the Goose Live Events website.

For 2017, every team be allocated electric hook up, which will be charged at £30 per night.  Please note:  This is a cost per team, not per plot.

6m x 6m plots will be available at a cost of £50 per plot, per night. Please allow a maximum of 5 team members per plot.

4-person and 8-person tents will also be available for hire.  Please note, bedding is not included.

The Whittlebury Park campsite has full toilet and shower facilities as well as a catering outlet.


Food will be available to purchase onsite, but please note that payment will be in cash (pounds sterling) only. Also, there are plenty of food stores within a 15 minute drive of the circuit. 


We do not advise that you have anything delivered to Silverstone during the competition as the organisers cannot take responsibility for any deliveries.

Electric Connectors

Please provide your own electric connector (16amp C-Forms) as they will be not be available to hire onsite.

Energy Meters

All Class 1 Electric Vehicle entries will be issued with a data logger at Driver Registration (see Event Schedule). Further information on the data loggers can be found here.

European Health Card for UK Teams Competing in European Events

All UK team members should hold a valid European Health Card if competing in European Events. This entitles you to free medical treatment in the EU. If you have an existing card, ensure that it is still valid. You can visit the NHS website to update your card or to complete a free application for a new card.

Event Handbook

The event handbook is available to download here

Event Schedule

View the latest event schedule for Formula Student 2017 here.

Fuel Data

Please download the relevant information:

Sunoco E85-R product information

R SUR Racing Gasoline - spec sheet


Each Silverstone garage is 18m wide x 16.5m deep. Hence, each team will have 6m deep x 4m wide, allowing eight cars per garage with a centre walkway.  Electricity and water will be available in all garages, as well as a separate WC/restroom in each garage.*

*This should be used as a guide and is subject to change.

Impact Attenuator Testing

Any accredited testing site can be used, such as MIRA and TRL. Tests should only be conducted using equipment that is designed for the job. Please submit any test equipment facility details to the Formula Student Question Database for the appropriate judge to approve.


Details of the insurance in force for the event can be found here:

  • Goose Live Events liability insurance
  • IMechE liability insurance
  • MSA liability insurance

    It is the team’s responsibility to review and to take out any additional insurance e.g. personal accident insurance, liability insurance, to cover the University, Team or Students if they deem this to be necessary. 

    Internet Access:

     Free Wi-Fi will be available across Silverstone, including the Business Presentation rooms.

    Judging Schedule & garage allocations

    The Formula Student 2017 Judging Schedule and Garage Allocations will be available closer to the event.


    Silverstone has a fully-equipped Medical Centre.


    Vehicles can be parked onsite and the parking allocation for teams and visitors will be confirmed nearer to the event. Please note that no support vehicles will be allowed in the paddock area during competition times. Therefore, once a team has dropped off their FS car and equipment to the garage, the support vehicle will need to be parked in the car park.


    Formula Student endeavour to achieve high levels of safety during the competition and as such wish to highlight that the use of remotely controlled and unmanned aerial vehicles for photography or otherwise is prohibited at the event regardless of any safety features, fail-safe systems or insurances that may be present or in force.

    Scrutineering Queue:

    A scrutineering queue will be available ahead of the Formula Student 2017 competition.

    Shipping and Transporting Cars

    Crates can be delivered to the event and can also be stored to be picked up after the event. View a list of reputable companies

    Social media

    See the MSA social media best practice guidelines.


    Please note that any guests or sponsors of your team will need tickets to enter the site.

    New reduced pricing for 2017:

    Save up to £42 on gate admission prices by booking in advance
    Friday 21 July tickets just £10 in advance
    Saturday and Sunday tickets just £15 per day
    Save up to £12 by purchasing a weekend ticket, valid on all three days – only available in advance

    Tickets are now available via the Silverstone shop.

    Student membership

    Students studying at a UK university must be a student Affiliate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to compete at Formula Student. Affiliate membership is FREE to all Formula Student team members, regardless of course being studied. Apply for Affiliate membership.

    International students who have not competed in SAE International, SAE Australasia, SAE Brazil, VDI, VDE, or ATA must also become Affiliate Members of the Institution.

    Team Leaders need to ensure that all team members become Student Affiliate Members and all membership numbers need to be quoted in the Team Member Details section of your account prior to the event. Faculty Advisor membership is optional.


    See the operation and testing recommendations.

    Track Layout

    Details of the 2017 track layout will be available closer to Formula Student 2017.


    See the notes for the fitting of transponders.

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