Oxford Brookes Racing

 

Oxford Brookes Racing

Oxford Brookes Racing (OBR) is Oxford Brookes University's Formula Student Team. Formula Student is essentially an educational tool, promoting young and developing engineers' careers and excellence in engineering by challenging university students to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with their own single seater racing car.

Formula Student

Formula Student provides the competitors with a real-life exercise in design and manufacture and the business elements of automotive engineering. It teaches them all about team working under pressure and to tight timescales. It demands total commitment, lots of late nights, and many frustrations and challenges along the way, but the net result is the development of highly talented young engineers.

Formula Student attracts entries from universities all over the World, from the UK, mainland Europe and from the Americas, Asia and Australasia. For the universities, Formula Student represents a valuable project that blends academic work and learning with the development of practical engineering skills. They are increasingly using it to attract school leavers to their degree programmes, and to forge closer links with local industry.

More about Formula Student

Formula Student provides the competitors with a real-life exercise in design and manufacture and the business elements of automotive engineering. It teaches them all about team working under pressure and to tight timescales. It demands total commitment, lots of late nights, and many frustrations and challenges along the way, but the net result is the development of highly talented young engineers.

Formula Student attracts entries from universities all over the World, from the UK, mainland Europe and from the Americas, Asia and Australasia. For the universities, Formula Student represents a valuable project that blends academic work and learning with the development of practical engineering skills. They are increasingly using it to attract school leavers to their degree programmes, and to forge closer links with local industry.

The automotive and motorsport industries in particular, and many other high technology engineering companies, know just how important the continuing supply of high quality engineers is to their success. For them, involvement in Formula Student helps them maintain and develop that supply. At a time when many university engineering courses have difficulty filling their places, Formula Student uses the excitement and appeal of motorsport to open young minds to the world of possibilities that a career in engineering involves, and gives them a wealth of real experience to prepare them for success in that career.

For the purpose of the competition, the students are to assume that a manufacturing firm has engaged them to produce a prototype car for evaluation. The intended sales market is the non professional weekend autocross or sprint racer. Therefore, the car must have very high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling qualities. The car must be low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable. In addition, the car's marketability is enhanced by other factors such as aesthetics, comfort and use of common parts. The challenge to the team is to design and fabricate a prototype car that best meets these objectives. Each design is compared and judged with other competing designs to determine the best overall car.

The cars are judged on a number of criteria including both static and dynamic events. It is sanctioned by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers and uses the same rules as the original Formula SAE with supplementary regulations.


Why get involved?

Young engineering students and graduates are exposed to marketing, time management, project management, team building, budgeting, presentation skills, and other management issues. Through Formula Student, they develop experience, skills and professionalism as “hands on” engineers, with a keen awareness of the often competing pressures of performance, cost, safety, reliability and regulatory compliance. The benefit to students is immense and is good experience for newly qualified engineers preparing to enter a career in motorsport, the automotive industry or many other areas of high performance engineering.

Companies involved with Formula Student through sponsorship get face to face access to these highly skilled young engineers, who could be viewed both as potential recruits and as potential future customers. Formula Student provides opportunities in brand awareness and sales, so whether you are an OEM, Tier 1 supplier, or SME, there are real business benefits to be gained! Who’s eligible?

The full entry requirements can be found on the "Rules" page. Teams are formed by recognised Academic Institutions. Team members must be students studying for a recognised qualification, or have recently graduated. All team members must become an Afiliate Member of IMechE.


Class Definitions

There are 3 entry classes in Formula Student, designed to allow progressive learning.
  • Class 1
    This is the class which is similar to the Formula SAE competition in which teams design, manufacture and race fully working cars built solely for the event, the car cannot be entered into Class 1 again after its first year, but can be entered into Class 1A.
  • Class 1A
    This is an alternative fueled class where more of an emphasis is placed on the environmental impact of racing. A car from the previous years Class 1 entry can be re-entered and re-engineered to allow the students to concentrate on the low carbon aspect
  • Class 2
    This is a concept class for teams who may just have a design and possibly even a partly-completed car.

Judging

The cars are judged by industry specialists on the following criteria:

Static Events

  • Design (150), Cost (100) & Presentation Judging (75)
  • Technical & Safety Scrutineering
  • Tilt Test
  • Brake & Noise Test

Dynamic Events

  • Skid Pan (Figure of 8) (50)
  • 1km Sprint (150)
  • 75m Acceleration (75)
  • 22km Endurance (350) & Fuel Economy (50)

The winner of the event is the team with the highest number of points out of a maximum of a 1000


Venues

Silverstone
The Event is currently held at the Silverstone circuit, with the dynamic events taking place on Luffield, Brooklands and the pit straight. The event has been held at the Silverstone circuit since 2007.

Bruntingthorpe
The Event was held on the Go-Kart track at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome between 2002 and 2006.

NEC Birmingham
The event was held for 3 years at the NECBirmingham between 1999 and 2001. MIRA

The First event was held at the Motor Industry Research Association proving ground in 1999.


CONTACT US

George Simmons - Team Leader
Oxford Brookes Racing
Tel: 07523 057903
Email: 11075002@brookes.ac.uk

Nick Bowler - Faculty Advisor
Oxford Brookes Racing
Email: nbowler@brookes.ac.uk