Formula Student 2021

A project by: Southampton University Formula Student Team


WE RAISED £5,500

from 89 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 12 Feb 2021
Help us compete in 2021!

A short summary...

At the Southampton University Formula Team, we design and build a single seater race car to compete in Formula Student, an international design competition.

Our members are fully responsible for managing the team, designing, building, and racing these high-performance cars! We rely on the generous support from our donors and industry sponsors to help us develop and push forward. 

In 2019 we placed 10th overall at FS Czech, our best result competing in a live event. The pandemic situation did not dampen our drive in 2020, as we beat our points record for the fifth consecutive season while competing in the Formula Student Virtual Competition!

This season we want to improve our performance yet again, and the top targets for this year are:

1. Top three at Formula Student UK

2. Sub 200kg total car mass

3. Design our first electric vehicle concept

We are targeting success with both the car we are building this year and setting the team up for a more sustainable future as we aim to transition to electric!

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 across the globe. Teams are challenged to design and build a single-seater race car which must comply with extensive 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.

33 of our team members have gone on to gain experience at F1 teams, with some even contributing to winning world championships! Others have worked in high level automotive engineering jobs, as well as the relevant medical engineering and energy sectors.

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?

The Southampton University Formula Team comprises over 200 undergraduate students from various course disciplines and backgrounds, who alongside their degrees work with passion and drive to produce a single seater race car.

We have competed annually in the UK event since our inception 8 years ago, and regularly enter competitions in Europe. The team is continuously improving each year. In 2019, we made it to our first Cost finals at Silverstone, and ranked as the best UK Statics (Presentation and Design) team, and achieved a third place in the Skid Pad event.  

The unprecedented events in 2020 did not see SUFST relent, entering the FSUK Virtual Event, keeping our team spirit alive and outscoring our previous competition best.

Where will the money go?

The minimum we need to make this project happen is £4,000; however, we would love to be able to fully fund the total budget of £7,000 as this will mean that we have the best possible chance to showcase our true capabilities in 2021!

From now until summer 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 through a plan for rigorous testing. These improvements will help us to put on a stronger performance at Formula Student UK and get us on the road to competition!

Parts, Materials, and Services:

  • Slick Tyres: £1200
  • Wet Tyres: £800
  • Sensors for data acquisition: £600
  • Testing costs: £600
  • Additional machining of components: £3000

Registration and Event/Travel Costs:  

  • FSUK Entry Additional Fees: £300
  • Van Hire: £1,000
  • Fuel: £500

Any additional money raised will be used to pay for the team’s accommodation costs, possibly a European event (subject to COVID international travel restrictions) or will be devoted towards infrastructure and handling equipment for the electric vehicle project.

Find us here

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

If you want to know more about this awesome project, or have any other queries please email the Team Leader, Balraj Basra.