Birmingham Formula Student Team (UBRacing)

We are an entirely student run project with the aim of designing, funding and building a single-seat racing car from scratch to compete in the Formula Student competition each year. The project is run as an extra-curricular activity and involves over 70 students each year from a range of degree subjects. 

The students taking part in the project are estimated to be two years ahead of their cohort when they graduate. This shows the level of dedication and diligence required of the team.

Members typically study

  • Electronic & Electrical
  • Mechanical/Manufacturing
  • Materials & Minerals
  • Computing/Technology
  • Aerospace
  • Chemical/Process
  • Civil/Building
  • Sciences/Maths

The facts

The team was started in 1997 by a University of Birmingham Mech Eng undergraduate.
Our most successful year was 2017 where we finished in 2nd place.
We are open to all disciplines as the competition is based around running the team as a successful business.
The students are responsible for everything; putting theories into practice & understanding key business aspects.

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Formula Student Competition

The core challenge of Formula Student is to build a single-seater racing car in order to compete in a series of tests which showcases the vehicle’s performance in different scenarios. The competition combines the need for innovative engineering, careful project management and organised teamwork in order to see the production of a working prototype. The prototype is judged in a number of dynamic events;

  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Fuel Economy
  • Endurance

In addition to these events, each team must also present a business case study in order to prove that apart from being technically sound, their ideas are also financially sound and could be made into a sustainable business.

  • Design
  • Cost & Sustainability
  • Business Presentation

The UK Competition is currently held at Silverstone, usually the weekend after the Grand Prix. UBRacing also enters other competitions and in the past we have raced in Melbourne, Detroit, and most recently Hockenheim.

Running a project of this scale requires a great amount of dedication and determination on the part of the students but also teaches valuable skills that could be used in any workplace. To run a successful team, students must not only be talented engineers but skilled business people as most teams function as extra-curricular hobbies, so must be fitted around students degrees.

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