University of Leicester students gearing up for success at Silverstone

Posted by ap507 at Jul 01, 2015 01:40 PM |
University’s first ever crowdfunding campaign a triumph as students set to race their own Formula 1 car

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 1 July 2015

Photo/ media opportunity: 2015 Formula student campaign launch event at 10.00am on Monday 6 July 2015, Engineering Building foyer, University of Leicester. The team will be unveiling their racing car and guest speakers will talk about how the car has been developed. Contact Tom Quaye at:

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A group of University of Leicester students have set the wheels in motion for victory at Silverstone, having already successfully reached their fundraising target via a crowdfunding campaign, in order for them to build and race their very own Formula 1 car.

Earlier this year, students from the University of Leicester in collaboration with the University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office, launched the University’s first ever crowdfunding campaign using website

These funds have allowed UoL Racing, a team of more than 30 students, to build their very own electric Formula 1 race car and compete at the annual Formula Student competition this summer.

Formula Student is an international university competition organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers which takes place every July at Silverstone race track. The competition consists of a series of events to enhance students’ engineering skills and attracts more than 100 student teams from as far afield as the UK, Europe, Americas, Asia and Australasia.

The competition objective is to design, build and test a Formula 1 style race car in static design and dynamic race events. The experience provides students with the opportunity to develop problem solving, team work and management skills as well as gain valuable practical engineering experience.

For the past two years, the current team from the University of Leicester has been designing and building their very own electric Formula 1 car and this additional support has enabled them to be able to complete and equip the car to racing standards in time for the event on 9-12 July.

The team will be unveiling their racing car at a launch event at 10.00am on Monday 6 July in the University’s Engineering Building, where guest speakers will talk about how the car has been developed.

Team Principal and third-year Engineering student Goergeous Gobrial explained: “From everyone at UOL Racing we would like to thank all of those who have contributed and helped spread the word. We appreciate everything they have done for us.

“We are honoured that the University of Leicester has very kindly offered to contribute more to our cause, having given us the green light to purchase all Driver safety equipment and the purchase of the Impact Attenuator.

“Additionally the technicians in the Engineering Department have very generously offered to manufacture all the complex components which has helped considerably with the predicted expenditure.”

Omar Eid, Team Principal and third-year Mechanical Engineering student, added: “The University of Leicester has an incredibly ambitious and dedicated team this year. The prospect of entering a car for 2015 is something that truly excites every member on the team, and thanks to our determination and attitude, this prospect is well on the way to becoming a reality. Goergeous and I are truly honoured to be managing such an inspirational, hardworking team.”

Dr Paul Lefley from the University’s Department of Engineering said: “This is a very challenging project. It requires strict planning and discipline from the student team. The current team has had the benefit of learning from some past mistakes, and has made a tremendous effort in implementing the current design to the highest build quality and engineering precision, including also the novel use of materials. The team is now well on the way to racing the car at Silverstone this July.”

Chris Shaw, Assistant Director of the University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office added: “We’re really delighted that people have supported the University’s racing team and their wish to compete at this year’s Formula Student event. It is a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain practical engineering experience.”

For more information about UoL Racing, to follow their progress or to join the team visit: , or @UoLracing



For more information about UoL Racing, visit: , or @UoLracing

Contact Omar Eid or Goergeous Gobriel, Team Principals at: and

Contact Tom Quaye, organiser of team launch at: or

About Formula Student

  • To apply for a press pass for Formula Student 2015 or for more information on the competition as a whole please contact Dan Hearn at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Press Office on
  • The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books. It currently has over 100,000 members, representing mechanical engineers involved in a diversity of fields such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries.

Formula Student Facts and Figures

  • Formula Student, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is the world’s largest student motorsport event, challenging students from around the world to design, build and race a single-seater racing car from scratch.
    • Formula Student partners are Jaguar Land Rover, Robert Bosch UK, GKN, SAE and Shell. Our sponsors include PTC, Concurrent Engineering, ATL Fuel Cells, MIRA, Airpass, Royal Automobile Club, MIA, Stingray RV, EIM, Aford Awards and Marketpoint.
    • Formula Student UK is part of a global series of similar events linked by organising body Formula SAE. This year FSAE events will be held in Michigan, Nebraska, Germany, Brazil, Australia and Italy as well as the UK.
  • Ross Brawn, Team Principal of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team is Patron of the competition.
  • The cars can go from 0-60mph in less than three seconds.
  • Formula Student challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance in a series of time-trial races, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills
  • Formula Student usually forms part of the students’ engineering degree course and counts towards their final mark.

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