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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Racing into Brighton

Students across our engineering division were inspired by a visit from McLaren Automotive’s Senior Powertrain Design Engineer, Harley Gasson, today.

Harley, Automotive Engineering MSc alumnus, made a pit stop in Cockcroft to share his experience of life in the fast lane at McLaren with students. They also had time to chat to him afterwards and find out more about what it’s like to work at such a high profile engineering organisation.

Our Formula Student team, Brighton Racing Motors, were there to hear first-hand about the world of motor racing as their project heads towards it’s next key deadline, finalising the design of their racing car.

F1 ambition

The main highlight of the course [Automotive Engineering BSc]for me is the Formula Student competition the university participates in under “Brighton Racing Motors”. It is the only way to get a foot inside proper motorsport and is the gateway for new engineering talent to make a name for themselves in a tough business. I know this first hand as a former race-team owner. To be brutally honest I chose this course on the basis that it participated in Formula Student!

I am the team leader of Brighton Racing Motors. The lecturers are there to support the team but cannot build the actual car – that is up to us, the students! I act as the person, together with our Deputy Team Leader, Victor Fernandes, responsible for submitting all the required documentation of performance, designs, safety and costing for the competition.
There are technically two parts of the competition; the racing, and the business.

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Robots, zero gravity and surfing

I knew I wanted to study some form engineering since my favourite subjects at school and college were physics and maths. After visiting the Eastbourne Air Show and seeing some of the aircraft, including the Euro Fighter Typhoon, I decided that I’d love to study aeronautical engineering.

I visited some universities that offered aeronautical engineering but found that most of their courses were very theoretical based. However, I found that Brighton’s engineering department had a good balance of theory and practical work! The projects such as building robots interested me and after seeing the workshops we had access to in order to build them, I decided to choose Brighton.

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Innovative speakers to inspire our students

Four inspirational speakers have been in to talk to our engineering students recently.

Speakers from the global companies, Ricardo and Thales UK plus entrepreneurs Mike Jay (Myklops) and Steve Ransom (Brighter Bikes) provided inspiration for future careers and workplace journeys came to talk to final year and postgraduate engineering students. The visitors, all local to the Sussex area, were invited by the engineering department’s Principal Lecturer Richard Morris.

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Challenging your limits

I chose to study Aeronautical Engineering at University of Brighton because the course offered an engaging hands-on approach. I chose to specialise in aeronautical engineering as I was always fascinated by the dynamics of flight.

When I was accepted, I was excited by the prospect of specialising my studies. A year in industry gave me the opportunity to explore my professional interests before finishing my course, adding to the appeal and it highlighted the areas of engineering that interest me most, changing my ultimate career goals and re-energising me for the final years of my course.

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Zero G!

The demand for engineers is greater than ever and it’s a fascinating field to get into. I chose Mechanical Engineering as it’s the most diverse course you can do and from that you can go into any aspect of engineering, and practically any technical job.

The most interesting aspects of the Mechanical Engineering MEng course are the different rage of modules we study. From Advanced Computation Fluid Dynamics to Engineering Business Management, the range of skills we are taught are very exciting and contribute to an extensive skillset to take into the working world.

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