18 July 2012
Oxford Brookes University named top UK team at Formula Student 2012
A team of engineering students at Oxford Brookes University were named the top UK team in the world's largest student motorsport competition, at Silverstone last weekend.
Formula Student, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 1998, challenges universities from across the world to design and build an F1-style racing car in one year before racing them at Silverstone. The cars are judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.
These young engineers will mature into the motorsport team bosses and industry leaders of the future.
Oxford Brookes beat 50 UK universities to take the top British team prize, and came 7th overall in a field of over 100 competing universities. The car entered by Oxford Brookes – weighing just 159.5kg – had the best handling in the competition, winning the figure-of-eight skidpad event and placing an impressive 3rd in the single-lap sprint event.
Andrew Deakin, Formula Student Vice-Chairman, said: "This year's competition has been truly impressive, with many of the cars displaying world class engineering that wouldn't be out of place in a Formula One paddock. These young engineers will mature into the motorsport team bosses and industry leaders of the future."
Giuseppe Naselli, Team Leader of Oxford Brookes Racing, said: "I'm really proud of this achievement. It's taken many sleepless nights and a lot of sacrifices but to be the top UK team makes it all worth it. Hopefully next year we can build on this and reach the Formula Student podium.
This news item is adapted from the original press release by IMechE - Institution of Mechanical Engineers
More information about the Formula Student competition is available on the Oxford Brookes Racing website, www.obr.brookes.ac.uk
Full results from the competition can be downloaded at the Formula Student website www.formulastudent.com