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Australia’s Monash team crowned Formula Student 2018 champion

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FS UK 2018 Winner - Car 66 from Monash University, Australia
FS UK 2018 Winner - Car 66 from Monash University, Australia

Formula Student celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 - Driverless car element introduced for the first time - First all-female team from Pakistan competes at Silverstone.

Monash Motorsport, from Australia, has claimed victory at Formula Student 2018, the student racing car event run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The team saw off competition from 129 student teams from over 30 countries at Silverstone.

Formula Student challenges university teams from across the world to design, build and race a single-seater racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.

This year has marked the first time that there was a driverless element to the competition, FS-AI, with some teams being tasked with developing a cost-effective software package to enable an Artificial Intelligence (AI) car to make its own decisions, and evolve to improve its own performance. The new aspect of the competition ensures that FS continues to support industry by addressing the skills gap and providing mechanical engineering students with the opportunity for real-world experience of integrated electronics, software and systems engineering.

FS Artificial Intelligence (AI) car
Formula Student Artificial Intelligence (AI) car

Team AUJ, from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan, has also fielded the first all-female team at the UK competition. The team transported their car nearly 4,000 miles by air freight.

Car 66 Monash University taking part in Sunday's Endurance event
Car 66 Monash University taking part in Sunday's Endurance event

Terry Spall, Chief Judge at Formula Student, said,

“Formula Student, now in its 20th anniversary year has been producing highly sought-after graduate engineers, who have then gone on to very successful careers in leading automotive companies around the globe.  Around 40,000 students have been through the FS experience, emerging as superbly rounded and work-ready graduates, with a skill set the automotive community craves.

“With the emergence of autonomous vehicle technologies and the possibilities of driverless cars entering the market in the coming years, Formula Student has recognised it has a role to play in producing the new skill sets future automotive engineers will need.”

Partners of this year’s competition include Robert Bosch Limited, GKN PLC, Jaguar Land Rover, MathWorks and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains.

Notes to Editors

  • Contact the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Press Office on 020 7973 1261 or email media@imeche.org
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books. It is one of the fastest growing professional engineering institutions. Headquartered in London, we have operations around the world and over 120,000 members in more than 140 countries working at the heart of the most important and dynamic industries such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries. www.imeche.org.
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