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Formula Student 2019

A project by: Southampton University Formula Student Team


WE RAISED £11,775

from 89 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 17 Feb 2019

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.

Help us to build our best race car yet!

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 Racing Circuit!

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 V. Our team finished in the top 10 for Business, Cost, and Skid-Pad and placed in the top 30 overall.  We are looking to improve our performance yet again, and the top targets for this year are:

1. Finish the endurance at Formula Student UK.

2. Target a 200kg mass for our car.

3. Achieve a Top 10 position among UK teams at Formula Student UK.

We believe these improvements will ensure that we turn last year's top 30 position into a top 10 position this year!   Last year we competed in another European competition in Hungary 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 £5000, 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! 

What is formula student?

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 130 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 5 years, we've had 23 team members secure internships and full time jobs within F1 teams based on work done with SUFST, whilst many others have gone on to internships within high level automotive, motorsport, and engineering companies.

The UK 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

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 6 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 smashed our points record at Formula Student UK, including a top 5 position in Business and Cost events.

Where will the money go?

The minimum we need to make this project happen is £8,000; however, we would love to be able to fully fund the total budget of £14,000 as this will mean that we have the best possible chance to smash our points total!

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:

Parts, Materials, and Services:

Slick Tyres: £800

Wet Tyres: £800

Sensors for data acquisition £300

Testing costs: £600

Additional Machining of components (100 Hours) £5,000

Registration and Event Costs:

Formula Student UK Registration Fee: £2,250

European Event Registration Fee: £2,000

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

Fuel (FS UK + 1 other event): £1,000

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

Follow our progress!

We post regularly on our social media channels - follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to keep up to date with our progress!

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 Jake Kneller, the Team Leader.