Student Silverstone race car design to be unveiled at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Feb 04, 2016 11:30 AM |
Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Executive Director to give Annual Industry Lecture on 11 February 2016

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 February 2016

Media/ Photo opportunity: Paddy Lowe FREng Executive Director (Technical), Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd with UOL Formula Student team at 6:00PM on 11 February in the Antechamber, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester. Contact student Goergeous Gobrial to arrange on:

Images of the racing car design are available at:

Student racing enthusiasts from the University of Leicester will be unveiling their designs for a racing car which will be competing at Silverstone later this year.

The event will take place on 11 February at 6pm prior to the University’s 18th Annual Industry Lecture.

Top British motor racing engineer and Executive Director of Mercedes-Benz Formula One, Paddy Lowe, FREng, will be delivering a free public talk on ‘Formula One: More Than A Sport’ in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre following the unveiling at the University of Leicester on Thursday 11 February at 6.30pm.

The Formula Student Team are presenting a design review where they will unveil their new race car designs.  When the car is finished, they will be competing in Formula Student UK competition held at Silverstone in July 2016.

Each design team will showcase their work primarily through poster displays, where the audience will actively have the opportunity to discuss the team’s progress and plans for the rest of the car’s development. The team also has a few exclusive surprises planned for the event.

The team is seeking to gain further interest in their fundraising campaign, with the goal of reaching £2500.  

‘Formula Student’ is an international university competition which sees students design, build and test a Formula One style race car at Silverstone.

The students hope to gain some inspiration for their car’s design from Paddy, whose career has been characterised by many exciting and innovative technical developments both on- and off-car, winning eight World Championships to date.

Goergeous Gobrial, representative of the UOL’s Formula Student team said: “This is a very exciting event for us where we are given the unique opportunity to display our current designs and get feedback from an undoubtedly knowledgeable audience. It will be great to meet guest speaker Paddy Lowe, who will be able to share invaluable advice from his wealth of experience. The team and I are extremely excited!”

Professor Helen Atkinson, Head of the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering, said: “We are really thrilled that Paddy Lowe FREng is coming to do the Annual Industry Lecture in Engineering this year.

“He has been right at the centre of the engineering which has underpinned Lewis Hamilton’s outstanding record in the Formula One World Championships.

“He joins a stellar cast of engineers who have given this lecture including Dame Ann Dowling FREng FRS, the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, last year and Bob Joyce FREng, Main Board Director at Jaguar Land Rover (and an alumnus) the year before.”

Paddy’s Mercedes-Benz Formula One team boasts Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as its drivers. Hamilton is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.

The Annual Industry Lecture 2016: 'Formula One: More Than A Sport' is in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre at the University of Leicester on Thursday 11 February at 6.30pm.

The event is free and open to the public. To register for tickets, contact Nancy Holland on

A free buffet supper will be available after the lecture on the 1st Floor Restaurant, Charles Wilson Building.


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Paddy Lowe has been Executive Director (Technical) at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS since June 2013. After graduating with an engineering degree from Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge in 1984, he has worked in various capacities in Formula One since 1987.

Paddy’s first experience in the premier class of motor racing came as Joint-Head of of Electronics during a siz-year stint with the Williams team; overseeing the Active Suspension project which helped Nigel Mansell to the 1992 World Drivers’ Championship.

In 1993, Paddy moved to McLaren where he steadily worked his way up through the hierarchy during the ensuing of two decades. Heading up the research and development department of the Woking-based outfit over an eight-year period, Paddy oversaw various innovative control system projects in addition to laying the groundwork for the simulator facility.

Having been appointed Chief Engineer, Systems Development in 2001, Paddy then held the position of Engineering Director from 2005 to 2011; playing a key role in Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 World Championship success before his promotion to Technical Director in January 2011.

About Formula Student

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 One 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.

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