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Published: 17 December 2013

Launch of £500,000 Formula Student Design Centre

Surrey has opened its state-of-the-art Formula Student Design Centre – a training ground for the next generation of mechanical engineers.

The University’s new Formula Student Design Centre was opened on 18 November by Stephen Tetlow, CEO of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), who described it as “the best Formula Student lab I have seen.”

The £500,000 facility will be the home at Surrey of Formula Student (FS), which is the world’s largest student motorsport competition, and represents a significant component of the University’s Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering courses.

Sixty-five staff and visitors attended the official opening including Deputy Vice Chancellor Gill Nicholls and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Jonathan Seville.

After hearing an introduction to Formula Student and its benefits guests got the opportunity to tour the Design Centre, with the SURTES (Surrey University Racing Technology Engineering Solutions) team on-hand to demonstrate and explain the benefits of the new facilities.

The Formula Student Design Centre will be used by Mechanical Engineering Sciences undergraduate students as they design and build a single-seat racing car to compete in Formula Student, every year, against around 100 other universities worldwide. The new centre features a mezzanine floor fitted with CAD and other facilities, and a 3D printer that enables users to test out their new designs.

Stephen Tetlow, CEO of IMechE, said: “Formula Student helps to develop many of the technical, engineering, design and manufacturing skills that the engineers of tomorrow will need to meet global challenges. We are delighted that the University of Surrey has made this significant investment, which will help students to get even more from their Formula Student experience.”

The opening of the Formula Student Design Centre demonstrates the University’s on-going investment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences, which is seeing a continual rise in student numbers.