14 Apr 2014
Students aim high in major Silverstone competition
A group Loughborough students are aiming to be the top UK team in the world’s biggest student motorsport competition at Silverstone this summer.
The team, led by final year undergraduate Thomas Childs, are using front and rear wings on their car for the first time and hope that will boost their chances of doing well in Formula Student UK from July 9-13.
The competition – run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year.
The cars are judged on their speed, acceleration, handling, energy efficiency and endurance in a series of time-trial races, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.
Points are awarded for eight challenges, adding up to 1,000. The endurance and sprint time-trials account for 500.
Loughborough has been competing in Formula Student, which is a global series of events, since 2003 and their best finish was seventh in Austria in 2010.
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