Formula Student


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Europe's biggest engineering design competition returns to Silverstone from 13 to 15 July 2018, for its 20th anniversary year.

Will 2017’s first ever British winners Cardiff Racing manage to retain their title?

Join the drama, passion and excitement as 130 university teams from more than 30 countries across the world compete to design, build and race the best single-seater race car.


Formula Student (FS) attracts entries from around the world, including USA, Australia, India, Canada and the Far East, as well as a wealth of European teams - providing undergraduates with invaluable experience as they begin their engineering career. 

FS showcases the best and brightest mechanical engineering talent, with graduates regularly filling roles in organisations such as Ferrari, Williams Grand Prix Engineering, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, ExxonMobil and Bosch.

As a spectator, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some phenomenal combustion engines and electric single-seater racing cars built entirely by students who just might go on to design, build or race the F1 cars of the future.


2018 is the 20th anniversary of the competition and sees the launch of an autonomous vehicle class, FS-AI. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, there will also be a series of special attractions and activities over the weekend, including:

  • a historic FS car display (including University of Texas Arlington’s winning car from 1998!)
  • STEM activities for kids
  • competitions
  • paddock tours with our experts
  • and much more!

Tickets can be purchased at the site entrance at Silverstone. See you trackside!

Highlights from 2017

The Challenge

Formula Student challenges teams from universities across the globe to design, build and drive a Formula Student race car.

Each team goes through a rigorous testing process.


Static Events:

  • Design, Cost and Sustainability, and Business Presentation Judging
  • Technical and Safety Scrutineering
  • Tilt Test
  • Brake and Noise Test

Dynamic Events:

  • Skid Pad (Figure of 8)
  • Sprint
  • Acceleration
  • Endurance 
  • Fuel Economy

Formula Student is a benchmark for real-world experience and each year the best and brightest go on to join Formula One™ teams and leading engineering companies, including Ferrari, Mahle Powertrains and Bosch.

About Silverstone

Home to the British Grand Prix plus numerous other automobile and cycling events, Silverstone is conveniently situated right in the heart of the UK, approximately 90 minutes north of central London and 60 minutes south of Birmingham. Road access is exceptionally easy along the A43 dual carriageway from either the M40 or M1.

By public transport the nearest stations are Northampton, Banbury or Milton Keynes all of which offer fast connections to destinations throughout the country.

See Silverstone on a map and get directions.

Silverstone Circuit
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Formula Student takes place in Silverstone, home to the British Grand Prix plus numerous other automobile and cycling events.

See Silverstone on a map and get directions

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