University of Sheffield students rush into the history books with win at Silverstone

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University of Sheffield engineering students have made history by winning a racing competition at one of the world’s most famous racing circuits.

Sheffield Formula Racing, based in the mechanical engineering department and made up of students from across the university’s engineering faculty, became the second British team in history to win the Formula Student UK competition at Silverstone.

The annual competition, organized by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), sees more than 100 teams of engineering students from universities around the world design, build and race their own single-seater race car. Previous winners include; Cardiff University, University of Stuttgart (Germany), TU Delft (Netherlands), Georgia Tech (USA) and Monash (Australia).

Starting in September, each team develops its own race car throughout the year alongside its studies, taking care of all aspects of the car, from design to construction and testing.

The teams then compete in a series of static and dynamic events over a weekend at Silverstone to decide the winner. Prizes are also awarded to teams in categories designed to test various aspects of their race car.

The Sheffield side have won the lion’s share of trophies this year, winning 8 of a possible 13 awards including; Overall Engineering Design, Year Two Vehicle Design, Most Efficient Internal Combustion Vehicle, and Victory in Dynamic Endurance and Sprint Events.

The competition is student motorsport’s biggest prize and is seen by motorsport and the wider motor industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, further helping them make the transition from college to the world work.

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