History of UBRacing

The team was started in 1997 by a University of Birmingham Mechanical Engineering undergraduate, Blake Siegler, with help from Carl Hingley, the team’s Senior Technician.  The idea was to design and build a Formula-style race car to compete in the 1998 Formula SAE competition, which was held by the American Society of Automotive Engineers in Michigan, USA.

first team

Our First Ever Team and Car

After a successful first year, UBRacing joined together with teams from the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Leeds and competed in a demonstration UK event against two US cars in 1998. IMechE then accepted management of the European Formula Student venture, in a partnership with SAE, and the competition has taken place at the end of each academic year since.

Our most successful year to date was 2015 where we finished in 7th place overall at the Formula Student UK competition, making us the 3rd best UK team that year. Since then the team has moved in a new direction, changing to a carbon fibre monocoque and adding an aerodynamics package to the car.

The majority of UBRacing’s team members are Mechanical Engineering undergraduates however, unlike other universities UBRacing is not part of the course, so we are open to all disciplines as the competition is based around running the team as a successful business as well as producing a car that performs well under static and dynamic tests.