Aston University is now in its twelfth year of competing at Formula Student and each year has seen improvements in both the technology used and the results achieved by the team made up of keen and enthusiastic Final Year Engineering students.
What is Formula Student?
Formula Student is the biggest and best of its kind in Europe. Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), it promotes careers and excellence in engineering, by challenging university students to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single seater racing car. Formula Student attracts entries from universities all over the World: the UK, mainland Europe and from the Americas, Asia and Australasia. More information on the Formula Student competition
Formula Student 2011 - Results
The Aston University team members have achieved an exceptional car in the Formula Student 2011 event, finishing 44th of 79 competing universities.
This result by no means represents the effort and determination applied by the students, who have worked early mornings, weekends and even throughout the night on a number of occasions in order to have the car ready and raring to go at the competition at Silverstone. Despite being waterlogged by the dreadful weather, spirits were high and enthusiasm was huge. Their great hopes were dashed when, at the half-way point of the final event - the change of drivers in the endurance race - the engine refused to start, and despite all efforts, remained silent.
However, one of the highlights of the team's success was in the sprint event. In their first run Aston completed the sprint in 82.580 seconds, following up with an amazing 70.920 seconds in the second run, beating our local universities and achieving 24th place overall. Another successful event for Aston University was the acceleration event, finishing 2nd among local universities and a very respectable 30th overall.
Many congratulations are due to the team members - the School of Engineering & Applied Science is very proud of them! Next week they will be adding their comments and pictures to this page, once they have had time to recuperate!