Published: 17 September 2015

Surrey’s Formula Student team achieves best ever result

Undergraduates from Surrey triumphed at this year’s Formula Student – the world’s largest student motorsport competition – winning fifth UK place.

The Surrey team battled against 135 university teams from all over the world at Formula Student 2015, which took place at Silverstone Circuit from 8th to 12th July, claiming fifth UK position and 12th place internationally.

Formula Student – which has been run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 1998 – challenges entrants to design, build and race a single-seater racing car. The team is also responsible for managing the finance, marketing and HR operations behind the project. Surrey’s Team SURTES (Surrey University Racing Technology and Engineering Solutions), brings together students in Mechanical Engineering Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Business and Management.

This year, Team SURTES designed and engineered a racing car based on a steel spaceframe, powered by a Honda 4-cylinder motorbike engine which was modified and tuned. The project was supported by several sponsors including Caltest, National Instruments, HVCC, BRP Composites, Mouldlife, BGI Supplies, IPG, Zircotec, Ricardo, NGK and Castrol.

The hard work and dedication of Team SURTES throughout the previous year paid off, with the team performing well in all dynamic and static challenges. Surrey ranked an impressive second overall in the Cost, Manufacturing and Sustainability event, and came first in the UK for acceleration (9th overall).

Team Manager Angelina Acaster says, “Formula Student was an invaluable experience and I had great fun working with team SURTES. The competition challenged my engineering knowledge, which has enhanced my confidence in my ability as an engineer.”

Senior Lecturer in Advanced Vehicle Systems Engineering Patrick Gruber comments, “Team SURTES has gone from strength to strength. Having achieved our best ever ranking of eighth UK place in 2014, we are delighted to have risen further to fifth place this year. Taking part in Formula Student means ten intensive months of work for the team as they design, build and fine-tune the car, but the hands-on experience it offers is invaluable.”

Formula Student has become known as a key training ground for the automotive engineers of the future, with a number of alumni having progressed to Formula 1, and many more to work at the world’s leading automotive companies. All students on Surrey’s Automotive Engineering programme are guaranteed a place on the Formula Student team during their third year of study.


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