Students get set for big day at race track

picture of the Hallam Uni team with their unfinished car (they're busy putting the finishing touches on it this week).
picture of the Hallam Uni team with their unfinished car (they're busy putting the finishing touches on it this week).
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A TEAM of Sheffield Hallam University students are taking to the track this week with a racing car they’ve designed and built from scratch.

The car is racing at the Silverstone circuit under the banner of SHU Racing in competition against 130 teams from 26 countries in the Formula Student contest.

Engineering, business and product design students will be putting their prototype through its paces in Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition.

The FS competition, which is run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, aims to inspire and develop young engineers.

Universities from across the globe are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car which is judged for its racing performance, design and the strength of the teams’ business models.

Cars are judged by a panel of experts from the field of automotive engineering including John Hilton, a former Formula One engineer.

The competition is backed by Ross Brawn OBE, who has worked for a number of Formula One outfits, serving as the technical director of the championship-winning Benetton and Ferrari teams.

SHU Racing team manager Lewis Stead is an electrical and electronic engineering masters student.

He said: “It’s been an enormous challenge designing and building a working racing car from scratch, but I’m really pleased with the result and am confident we can compete against other more established teams.

“The FS competition is not just about building and racing the car itself. We will be judged on its design as well as our business model.

“Motorsport is expensive and we need to demonstrate we understand how to manage a team’s finances.

“It’s been a great experience working with other students from a range of academic subjects and I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel and putting our hard work to the test.”

David Asquith, formula student faculty advisor, said: “The team has been working so hard over the last year to get their car designed, sponsored and built, all in addition to their normal academic commitments.

“It’s a huge achievement to be entering the competition and I wish them the best of luck.”