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Formula Student 2016

A project by: SUFST


WE RAISED £10,009

from 59 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 01 May 2016

The University of Southampton's Student Support Fund provides matched funding opportunities for academic priorities focused on advancing research, enterprise and innovation.

Help us to send our student team to their first European competition, Formula Student Czech Republic

Project Summary

The Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) gives students from Southampton the opportunity to prove themselves on the world stage against teams with monster budgets! 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.

This year sees the team better prepared than ever to achieve a top 30 finish at Formula Student UK and looking to compete in our first European competition. We have just confirmed that we will be competing at Formula Student Czech Republic, having completed the registration process in the second fastest time in the world! However, we need your help make our car the best, to fund our registration fees and travel to the events themselves. 

In order to help get our fundraising off the ground the University will match the first £5,000 donated to the project through the donations it receives from its alumni community that support student experience projects like this one, doubling each donation made up to the first £5,000!

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 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 & technical goals.

Formula Student is generally seen as a great stepping stone between university and the workplace, because it puts you in real life engineering and management situations. The competition in the UK 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: http://www.sufst.com/formula-student/

Who are WE?

Southampton University Formula Student Team (SUFST) is a group of over 100 enthusiastic students, sourced 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 3 years and each year we have seen an improvement in our results. In 2014 the team saw its greatest position reached, finishing in 66th out of 110 teams. In 2015, due to mechanical issues, the team finished 71st overall but saw a reduction in weight of almost 60 kg and a great performance in our static events, which left us 23rd in the business presentation.

Real design and management 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 8 members of the team secure internships within F1 teams based on work done within SUFST, whilst many others have gone on to internships within high level automotive and motorsport companies. This year so far, a ground breaking 9 members of the team have secured interviews at F1 teams, with currently 5 members securing internships for this year. With your support we will be able to continue this trend by strengthening the image of the University of Southampton. 

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 Czech Republic and help our students get to the events!

Cost Breakdown

- Manufacturing of Aero Package: £1,250

- Slick Tyres and Rims: £1,000

- Wet Tyres and Rims: £1,000

- Slick Tyres for Testing: £500

- Carbon Fibre Suspension Tubing: £750

- Pit Equipment: £1,000

Registration and Event Costs

- Formula Student UK Registration Fee: £2,028

Formula Student Czech Republic Registration Fee: £1,028

- Van Hire (FS UK + Czech): £1,000

- Fuel (FS UK + Czech): £500

Any additional money raise will be used to pay for the teams camping costs.

For updates on our progress

Follow us on Twitter: @SUFST

Visit our website: www.sufst.com

Help us succeed!

You don't need to give money to help us succeed*! Please share this project with anyone who you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.

If you're a company interested in working with the team, please see http://www.sufst.com/get-involved/

(*We know we said you don't need to give money to help us, but we'd love it if you did! Please sponsor us and help make this happen.)