After nine months of planning and preparation, The Leeds Formula Student Race Team took part in the 2015 IMechE Formula Student Competition at Silverstone earlier this month. Made up of undergraduate students from the School of Mechanical Engineering, the team designed and built their F16 car, which finished 48th out of more than 100 universities worldwide.
Formula Student (FS) is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, challenging the innovation of students internationally. High profile engineers back the competition as development of young people headed into industry and competition Patron Ross Brawn OBE was on hand to welcome teams at the launch of competition on arrival.
Spearheaded by team leader and Formula Student Veteran Scott Walker, this years team comprised of 18 undergraduate students aimed at building another single seater prototype vehicle. The team had vast freedom in the interpretation of the rules to create a race ready car, whilst using the knowledge obtained over time to present the vehicle as a viable business, demonstrating the cost and manufacturing processes used in the process.