Formula Student

Formula Student is a student engineering competition, where teams from universities from all over the world design, manufacture and race Formula-style single-seater race cars.

The UK competition is held at Silverstone and is supported by the IMechE, and the USA competition – Formula SAE – is supported by SAE.

The core challenge of Formula Student is to build a single-seater racing car in order to compete in a series of tests which showcases the vehicle’s performance in different scenarios. The competition combines the need for innovative engineering, careful project management and organised teamwork in order to see the production of a working prototype. The prototype is judged in a number of dynamic events;


  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Fuel Economy
  • Endurance

In addition to these events, each team must also present a business case study in order to prove that apart from being technically sound, their ideas are also financially sound and could be made into a sustainable business.

  • Design
  • Cost & Sustainability
  • Business Presentation

The UK competition is currently held at Silverstone, usually the weekend after the Grand Prix. UBRacing also enter other competitions and in the past we have raced in Hockenheim, Melbourne and Detroit and next season we will be racing in China in their Formula Student events.

In order to start and run a Formula Student team, students must acquire funding.  The average cost of running a team is around £30,000 and most of this is raised through industrial sponsors, by monetary donations or goods-in-kind.  Click here to see UBRacing’s current sponsors.

UBRacing at Testing and at our Design Review

Running a project of this scale requires a great amount of dedication and determination on the part of the students but also teaches valuable skills that could be used in any work place.  To run a successful team, students must not only be talented engineers but skilled business people as most teams function as extra-curricular hobbies, so must be fitted around students degrees.

The students taking part in the project are estimated to be two years ahead of their cohort when they graduate. This shows the level of dedication and diligence required of the team.

To find out more about Formula Student and iMeche follow the links below:


Formula Student