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Formula Student 2020

A project by: Southampton University Formula Student Team


WE RAISED £11,275

from 85 donors

This project received pledges on Sat 01 Feb 2020

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...

We are a team from the University of Southampton that designs and builds a single-seater racecar to compete in Formula Student - an international design competition.

Managed, designed, built, and 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 to help us develop and move forward.

Last year we had our best season yet with our car STAG VI, where our team placed 10th overall at FS Czech.

We are looking to improve our performance yet again, and the top targets for this year are:

  1. 3rd at Formula Student UK

  2. Sub 200kg car total mass

  3. Increased drivability - less than 0.2s lost per lap due to fatigue

We believe these improvements will ensure that we turn last year's top 10 position into a top 3 position this year!

WHat is Formula STudent?

Formula Student is the most established international motorsport competition at university level and has attracted over 800 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 regarded as a great stepping stone between university and the workplace, because it provides our team with real world engineering and management situations. Over the past 5 years, we've had 28 team members secure internships and full time jobs within F1 teams based on work done with our team, 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.

WHo are we?

Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) is a group of over 200 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 7 years, and we also compete at at least one European competition each year.

The team is growing in reputation year by year: last year we smashed our points record at Formula Student UK, with a proud 3rd place in the skidpad event, and placing as the top UK team in the statics events.

Where will the money go?

The minimum we need to make this project happen is £9,000; however, we would love to be able to fully fund the total budget of £11,000 as this will mean that we have the best possible chance to smash our points total!

From now until July our team 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.

Cost Breakdown:

Parts, Materials, and Services:

Slick Tyres: £2000

Wet Tyres: £800

Sensors for data acquisition: £500

Testing costs: £250

Additional Machining of components: £5,500

Any additional money raised will be used to allow us to do more testing with our car before competition.

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