Visitors see Surrey engineering up-close at Goodwood Festival
The Goodwood Festival of Speed was the perfect platform for Surrey to showcase its award-winning Formula Student car – and spread the word about the exciting opportunities we offer students aiming for a career in motorsport.
Held at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, the Festival of Speed is an annual celebration of motorsport when enthusiasts get to see the world’s most iconic racing cars and rub shoulders with the drivers who have made them famous. The 2021 event, which took place from 8 to 11 July, attracted around 200,000 visitors over the four days.
Student members of Team SURTES (Surrey University Racing Technology and Engineering Solutions) and academics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences showcased the highly successful electric car developed for Formula Student 2019. Signed by former Formula 1 racing driver Jenson Button, this car won the awards for ‘Class 1 Most Efficient Car’ and ‘Mercedes-AMG HPP Best High Voltage Powertrain Implementation’. Overall, the team ranked as the top UK EV (electric vehicle) team.
Automotive Engineering Programme Leader Professor Patrick Gruber said: “The Festival of Speed was a fantastic opportunity to talk about our courses to people thinking about a career in automotive engineering and motorsport. Taking part in Formula Student – the world’s biggest student motorsport competition – is an integral part of our Automotive Engineering degree, and it was great for visitors to be able to see the fruits of the team’s labours and hear about their first-hand experience.”