University of Leicester launches its first ever crowdfunding campaign to send students to Silverstone

Posted by ac555 at May 07, 2015 11:35 AM |
Engineering students seeking support to build and race their own Formula 1 car

A group of engineering students from the University of Leicester in collaboration with the University’s Development and Alumni Relations Office, has launched the University’s first ever crowdfunding campaign.

UoL Racing is a team of more than 30 students who are hoping to raise £2,000 via crowdfunding website to enable them 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 18 months, the current team from the University of Leicester has been designing and building their very own electric Formula 1 car and is now seeking additional support to be able to complete and equip the car to racing standards in time for the event on 9-12 July.

Project leader and third-year Engineering student Goergeous Gobrial explained: “With all our designs materialising and the car coming together before our eyes, we are in desperate need of essential support to enable us to complete our car and race in the competition this summer.

“In return for support, we offer a variety of rewards depending on the size of the pledge. Our desire is to make every pledge know the significance of their contribution and we strive to do this by making them feel part of the UoL Racing family.”

Rewards on offer include having an individual’s name and message of choice on the UoL Racing Team banner or on the car’s bodywork, an exclusive invitation to a private tour of the car and garage, a signed team photo, a certificate of recognition and more.

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 well on the way to racing the car at Silverstone this July.”

This will be the second year a team from the University of Leicester has entered the renowned competition, having previously entered the static design event.

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

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

About Formula Student

  • To apply for a press pass for Formula Student 2014 or for more information on the competition as a whole please contact Dan Hearn at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Press Office on 020 7973 1261 or email
  • 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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