Fasten your seatbelts: University of Leicester’s 2016 student-built Formula Student car set for Silverstone

Posted by er134 at Jul 05, 2016 10:35 AM |
Newest car model to be unveiled at official launch event at the University of Leicester on Friday 8 July

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 July 2016

Photo/ media opportunity: 2016 Formula student campaign launch event from 6.00pm on Friday 8 July 2016, Henry Wellcome Building, Lancaster Road, University of Leicester. The team will be unveiling their race car at 7.15pm following talks from guest speakers who will talk about how the car has been developed. Contact Goergeous Gobrial at:

A copy of the launch event poster is available at:

Students at the University of Leicester are set to unveil the newest model of their very own Formula Student race car to the public on Friday 8 July.

The official launch event will take place from 6.00 - 8.00pm at the Henry Wellcome Building, Lancaster Road, University of Leicester, and will showcase the most recent model of the student-built Formula Student race car that the students hope to compete in the Formula Student competition at Silverstone.

This year’s car includes full carbon fibre bodywork, lightweight chassis and an improved, more powerful drivetrain than the 2015 model, and its mechanical parts have also been anodised red to match the team’s colours.

The event will also provide the opportunity for attendees to ask members of the racing team questions about their roles in the team and their route to developing the 2016 racing car model.

If the students get the green light following a final scrutineering process, they will be all set to race their student-built car in multiple events at Silverstone on 14-17 July ­­­as part of the international Formula Student competition.

Prior to the formal competition the students will gear up for the big event by putting their car to the test at the MIRA testing facility on 28 June.

Goergeous Gobrial, Team Principal of the University of Leicester Racing Team, said: “We are hopeful that the past nine months of hard work and dedication from team members will culminate in being able to compete in all dynamic events as part of the Formula Student event in Silverstone. The launch event will allow us to showcase our efforts by providing an insight into the design and manufacture of UOLR-16.”

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 F1 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 three 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 events in July.

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.”

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

The team will be unveiling their 2016 F1 race car model at an official launch event at 18:00 on Friday 8 July in the University’s Henry Wellcome Building, Lancaster Road.



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

Contact Goergeous Gobrial at

A video from a previous year’s competition is available at:

About Formula Student

  • To apply for a press pass for Formula Student 2016 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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