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Green light for Formula Student 2021

Formula Student Team

Green flag at the Acceleration event
Green flag at the Acceleration event

The largest event in the Institution’s calendar takes place this week at Silverstone.

Now in its 24th successive year, the gauntlet has once again been thrown down to challenge student teams to use their creativity and technical skills to design, build and race single-seater cars across a series of presentation and on-track events.

Teams joining at Silverstone this week from 21-25 July 2021 will be able to put their completed vehicles through their paces through the competition’s dynamic events, including the straight-line Acceleration, 1km autocross-style Sprint, 22km Endurance drive and figure of eight Skidpad.

Unfortunately, the competition is unable to accommodate spectators this year, however we will be live streaming the dynamic events on the Saturday and Sunday via the Formula Student YouTube channel.

Online presentations will give teams that are unable to attend in person the chance to showcase their work and engineering knowledge. This preserves the spirit of the Formula Student competition: to give young engineers the chance to apply their skills to a real-world project and prepare them for their careers as graduate engineers in industry.

2021 will also see a continuation of the Lap Time Simulation events pioneered in last year’s online competition, which will provide Concept Class teams with further opportunities to gain new experiences of calibrating and testing virtual vehicle dynamics and simulation projects with industry-standard software. Furthermore, the FS-AI event continues to grow year on year, with several new teams taking up the challenge of autonomous vehicle development for the first time.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Formula Student organising committee would like to thank MathWorks, IPG Automotive, GKN Innovation Centre, Babcock International, Cranfield University, RS Grass Roots, Newton Europe, BMW Group and Direct Line Group for their support of Formula Student, together with all the volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to ensure that the competition runs smoothly.


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