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The University of Southampton

Students aim for pole position at Formula Student UK

Published: 15 July 2016

Engineering students from the University of Southampton will be taking part in Formula Student 2016 this weekend (15 to 17 July) at Silverstone race track.

The Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) brings together over 100 students from a wide range of courses. As a team, they design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events against over 130 teams from 30 countries around the world.

Having restarted in 2012, after eight years out of Formula Student , SUFST are entering their fourth year in the competition. The team’s aim is to finish in the top 30 by gaining over 300 points.

They first need to pass intense scrutineering by the Formula Student judges to ensure the car is safe and meets the extensive regulations. Then the static events take place, where the team pitch their car to the judges in a business investment scenario and explain the design of each of the components in detail. To complete the static events, the team then break down the cost of the car to the judges and then make their final preparations to the car before the dynamic events.

SUSFT team
(l-r) Jack Routly, Joe Coakley, Matthew Mustard and Nathan Vosper.

The dynamic events involve a skid pad, an acceleration test, which is followed by the sprint event that acts as qualifying for the 22km endurance race – the culmination of the whole event at Silverstone.

Joe Coakley, SUFST Team Leader, says: “As a whole year’s work comes to a close with the FSUK event, the team is incredibly excited to see how our car competes against those produced by the best teams from around the world. Formula Student is viewed by industry leaders as the standard for graduates to meet in order to pursue a career in motorsport engineering; as it allows students to obtain real world engineering experience.”

Nine members of SUSFT have taken advantage of the skills learnt during the Formula Student programme and will be joining a number of Formula One teams in a variety of positions. The University has an exceptional track-record of providing graduates for Formula One teams in this very competitive field.

For more information about the team and to see how the team progress at Silverstone, go to and follow them on social media

Following Silverstone, SUFST will be competing in their first European competition at Formula Student Czech Republic.

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