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Published: 14 July 2015

Surrey’s formula student team achieves best ever result

Team SURTES achieved 5th UK position and 12th place out of 96 teams worldwide; and performed consistently well in the individual events.

The department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences’ undergraduate team took part in the Formula Student competition, a yearly event held by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at Silverstone racetrack. The event features teams from across Europe and the world, inviting them to design and manufacture a single-seat racing car.

The participating students both designed and built a single seat race car, this year’s incarnation was based on a steel spaceframe; powered by a Honda 4 cylinder motorbike engine modified and tuned by the students.

The hard work and dedication of Team SURTES achieved 5th UK position and 12th world wide, continuing the on-going rise to success. Team SURTES pulled together to successfully pass scrutineering, and perform in all dynamic and static events. For the Cost, Manufacturing and Sustainability Event they came 2nd overall and came first in the UK for acceleration – 9th in total. These series of tests and races assess the performance of the vehicle and the understanding of the students involved.

“I enjoyed being part of team SURTES; and kept coming back each year for more. I felt it was an invaluable experience and I had great fun working with the team. Formula Student challenged my engineering knowledge, which has enhanced my confidence in my ability as an engineer.” Angelina Acaster, Team Manager

All students on the Automotive Engineering programme have the option to participate in the formula student competition in their second year of study. The competition gives students practical experience in design and manufacturing but also a chance to gain experience in the business elements of engineering. Participation in the event offers students practical experience of the responsibilities and challenges that come with a career in Automotive Engineering.

For information on studying Automotive Engineering at Surrey, visit the course page.

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