Formula Student


About Formula Student

Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational engineering competition which uses motorsport to inspire students

Backed by industry and high-profile engineers such as Patron, Ross Brawn OBE, the competition aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering. The format provides an ideal opportunity for students to demonstrate their engineering knowledge and test and improve their capabilities to deliver a complex and integrated product in the demanding environment of a motorsport competition.

All students taking part get a chance to demonstrate their technical analysis, engineering design and manufacturing skills whilst having to meet a strict deadline. Learning lessons along the way in team work, time management, project management, budgeting and presentation. This will give them experience in the skills prospective employers will be looking for and setting them up for a career in engineering.

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The challenge

Your team is tasked to produce a prototype for a single-seat race car for autocross or sprint racing, and present it to a hypothetical manufacturing firm. Each team goes through a rigorous testing process, made up of:

  • Static events
  • Dynamic events

Learn about the challenge

  • Ross Brawn, Patron

    Ross Brawn OBE Hon FIMechE is Formula Student's Patron and now Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports. He is a former Team Principal of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.

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  • Our Ambassadors

    Our Formula Student Ambassadors help to ignite the next generation’s interest in automotive engineering.

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History of Formula Student

From its inception in 1981, to its move to Silverstone in 2007, Formula Student has a rich history influenced by leading figures in the automotive industry and F1.

FS Partners

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  • Ansys
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  • Tata Elxsi

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FS Category Sponsors

  • Multimatic
  • RS
  • Onshape
  • Faraday
  • Avonside Safety Management
  • Bentley Motors

FS Exhibitors

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  • Embed UK
  • AWE Aldermaston
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