My experience with Formula Student

Simon Harvey is undertaking a doctorate in advanced engine technology in association with Ricardo at University of Brighton after qualifying with a Mechanical Engineering MEng. For Simon, being involved in Formula Student was one of the highlights of his MEng. We asked him about the experience.

What made you choose University of Brighton and your course?
I was going through clearing and had several foundation year offers. I chose Brighton as it had one of the longest running foundation years and I had heard good things about the city.

What were the highlights of your course?
For me the highlight has been my involvement in Formula Student. As part of my third-year project, I helped to build the university’s first prototype car by designing the drivetrain of the car, which is basically everything linking the engine to the wheels.

Then, in my masters year, I helped out on several areas of the car including the engine and the engine control unit (ECU). I also helped to take the car to Silverstone as the team leader.

Would you recommend your course?
Yes, I definitely recommend it as a practical way to get involved in engineering. We are very lucky at University of Brighton to have some excellent facilities in heavy engineering and in the advanced engineering building. The IMechE course being accredited is also important as this enables you to more easily become a chartered engineer in the future.

What has been the best part of Formula Student for you?
I really enjoyed designing and building the car all the way along. Even with the inevitable problems and challenges along the way, to have built a car from scratch with a such a small group of students is quite an achievement.

Obviously being able to drive a car at Silverstone, that I helped design and build, was incredibly special and something I won’t forget. But that moment is over before you even know it. Whereas the two-year journey with Formula Student is something you can’t forget. Read More

Silverstone in sight after Santander support

Engineering students’ dream of building a car to compete at Silverstone was boosted by a £5000 cheque from Santander.

The University’s Brighton Racing Motors Formula Student team was presented with the generous funding by Holly Price from Santander Universities, the project’s principal supporter, at the students’ engineering exhibition at the Advanced Engineering Centre.

The money will contribute towards the construction of a Formula Student car that will compete at Silverstone in July. Engineering students have been designing and building the car throughout the academic year as part of their undergraduate study.

Daniel Coren, Formula Student Coordinator, said: “The support and encouragement we have received from Holly Price at Santander has had a massive impact on our Formula Student activities, enabling us to build the first University of Brighton student car to compete at Silverstone motor circuit.

“With this increased level of support we are aiming to build a new, improved car incorporating added lightness, practical wisdom and many lessons learnt through practice-based engineering project work.

“The team has been uplifted by this new support and we’re all working flat-out to convert this into a fully functional car in time for the competition at Silverstone in July.”

Holly Price said: “Our partnership with the University of Brighton provides opportunities for students to foster entrepreneurship and employability and our renewed support to Brighton Racing Motors is a great example of that. 

“It was great to meet the 2019 team and understand the difference our contribution will make to their Formula Student journey and preparation for the innovative competition. In addition to technical skills, the students will acquire management, marketing and people skills – so vital across all sectors of employment.

“We hope our support to the team will ultimately improve the students’ chances of securing a job when they leave university and give them an ideal opportunity to learn new skills and showcase their talent.”

Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational engineering competition. It aims to develop young engineers and encourage young people to take up a career in engineering.

Each year, Formula Student sees over 100 university teams from around the globe travel to Silverstone to compete in static and dynamic events. 

For more information about Brighton Racing Motors, click here​​.

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