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Formula Student 2018

A project by: Southampton University Formula Student Team


WE RAISED £10,678

from 75 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 04 Mar 2018

The University of Southampton's Student Excellence Fund provides matched funding opportunities for student-led projects - which help to improve facilities and equipment, as well as financial support for student clubs and societies.

The fifth generation of Stag

A short summary ...

The Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) gives students from Southampton the opportunity to prove themselves on the world-stage against other well-established teams at Silverstone!

Managed, designed, built and eventually raced entirely by students; Formula Student is a massive project to take on alongside our studies. Every year we rely on the generous support from our industry sponsors and fans, like you, to help us develop and move forward.

Last year we had our most successful year at Silverstone with Stag 4. Our team finished in the top 5 for Business and placed in the top 25 overall.  We are looking to improve our performance yet again, and the top targets for this year are:

1. Achieve a mechanical Reliability of 40km/fault,

2. Target a 10% mass saving from Stag 4,

3. Implement our first monocoque chassis.

We believe these improvements will ensure that we turn last year's top 30 positions into a top 20 position this year!

Last year we competed in another European competition in the Czech Republic and once again this year the team will be applying to enter another European competition.

In order to help get our fundraising off the ground the University has agreed to match fund every donation up to £4000 from the donations it receives from its alumni community that support student projects like this one! This means that for every £1 that you donate, we will receive £2!

So wish us luck and help us show the rest of the world that Southampton has the best engineers in the world!


Formula Student (under the larger guise of Formula SAE) is the most established international motorsport competition at university level and has attracted over 500 universities to compete against each other at events all over the world. The competing teams are challenged to design and build a single-seater race car which must comply with over 220 pages of regulations. The cars are judged through a series of both static and dynamic events and points are awarded based on how well the design meets a range of business, environmental and technical goals.

Formula Student is generally seen as a great stepping stone between university and the workplace, because it puts us in real life engineering, design and management situations. This experience is now a standard requirement of all internships within F1 and generally within the motorsport industry. Over the past 4 years, we've had many members of the team secure internships and full time jobs within F1 teams based on work done with SUFST, whilst many others have gone on to interships within high level automotive and motorsport companies.

The competition, held at Silverstone, is organised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and is highly regarded by many prominent members of the motorsport industry including: Ross Brawn, Willem Toet, James Allison and Mike Gascoyne.

For more details about what the competition entails, please see our website: www.sufst.com

Who are WE?

Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) is a group of over 100 enthusiastic students, from a variety of course backgrounds, driven to design and build a single-seater, open-cockpit race car. The team has competed at Formula Student UK at Silverstone for the last 5 years, and we compete in Europe, achieving a very respectable 14th in our class in 2016.

The team is growing in reputation year by year! Last year we ranked our highest ever at Formula Student UK, including a top 5 position for Business.

our history - The birth of a fierce Reputation

STAG 0 - Our first competition. Every event was completed placing 82nd at Silverstone.

STAG I - Building from our competition experience we jumped to 66th at Silverstone.

STAG II - Our personal best in static events, but a component failure led us to finish 71st.

STAG III - Our first car to feature and aerodynamic package and to compete internationally! Placing 60th in the UK and 14th in Czech.

STAG IV - Our best Car to date! finishing top 25 in the UK! The team made great ground in the placing finishing 5th in Business.

Where will the money go?

From now until July each of us will be hard at work, making sure our car is the best that we can possibly build. The money raised from this campaign will allow us to build our dream car, with high quality parts and an entirely optimised package. These upgrades will help us to perform better at both Formula Student UK and our other European competitions and help our students get to the events!

Cost Breakdown

- Slick Tyres and Rims: £1,000

- Wet Tyres and Rims: £1,000

- More sensors for testing and data acquisition £800

- Additional Machining of components (100 Hours) £4200

Registration and Event Costs

- Formula Student UK Registration Fee: £2,028

- European Event Registration Fee: £1,500 (approx.)

- Van Hire (FS UK + 1 other event): £1,000

- Fuel (FS UK + 1 other event): £500

Any additional money raise will be used to pay for the teams camping costs, and possibly even a second European event.

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Help us succeed!

It would be fantastic if you could spare some cash for us, but there are other ways of helping us out! Please share this project with anyone and everyone – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.

If your company is interested in working with the team, please email Nathan Vosper, the Team Leader.