Formula Student


General information


For the 2020 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


You can find details of accommodation local to Silverstone Circuit here:


Details of the Financial Awards for the competition can be found here.


As in previous years, this will be located at the Whittlebury Park campsite and will be open from 12:00 Tuesday 21 to 12:00 Monday 27 July. Camping pitches will be available in 6m x 6m spaces with each accommodating up to 6 campers. Tents for 6 or 8 persons will also be available to hire for the duration of the competition (bedding not provided).

FS2020 Campsite booking form

FS2020 Campsite Rules and Regulations

To book your place at the campsite for this year’s competition, simply download and fill in a booking form, making sure you have read and understood the T&Cs, and send to to secure your place.

Camping Frequently Asked Questions:

Can we BBQ? Safely, yes.  Raise them off the ground and dispose of your hot coals safely.

Can we bring soundsystems? Modest soundsystems, yes.  Be mindful that Whittlebury is a small rural village and noise travels.  No noise after 23:00 please.

Can we drink alcohol? Yes, but keep it sensible.  You’re working on cars and possibly driving them.  You’re all adults, use your common sense.

Will our stuff be safe? The campsite has 24 security, but we would advise that you keep any valuables with you (or leave them at home!).  IMechE and the campsite operators accept no liability for loss or damage to personal property.

Can I park next to my tent? No. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, vehicle movement on the campsite is prohibited.  Ample parking is available in the adjacent field.

Can we camp close to our mates if they’re in another team? Sure – pop us an email when you’ve made your booking and we’ll do what we can to reserve adjacent plots.

My question isn’t answered here, where do I get more information? Check the T&Cs on the campsite booking form.  If you still can’t find an answer, email us at


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 FS2020 event handbook for teams will be available to download and limited copies will be provided at registration

Download the FS2019 Team Handbook for reference here

Event Schedule

The finalised event schedule for Formula Student 2020 will be available closer to the event.

Fuel Data

Please download the relevant information here:

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.

    Internet Access:

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

    Judging Schedule & garage allocations

    The Formula Student 2020 Judging Schedule and Garage Allocations will be available here.


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 2020 competition.

Shipping and Transporting Cars

Download Shipping Guidance for FS2019 here


Please note that any guests or sponsors of your team will need tickets to enter the site. Spectator places are now available to purchase via Silverstone: book your place today and get access to all the action!

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.

Track Layout

Details of the track layout will be available closer to Formula Student 2020, otherwise please refer to the event guides from previous years' competition.


See the notes for the fitting of transponders.

Visa Application guidance

See guidance for applying as follows:

FS2020 VIsa Application guidance
FS2020 Volunteers Visa Application guidance

Get in touch

If you have a general question about Formula Student, we'd like to hear from you.