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Leeds Gryphon Racing Society

Leeds Gryphon Racing is the Formula Student team for the University of Leeds, comprised primarily of engineering students from all years and a range of disciplines. Every year we design and build a single seat race car to compete in the IMechE Formula Student competition.

Our team strives to be one of the top Formula Student teams in the UK using our engineering knowledge to design and manufacture excellent cars. Students work on every aspect of the car from the suspension, chassis and aerodynamic packages to the power and drivetrains. The project is student driven with the aid of experienced faculty members.

Leeds has had a rich history with Formula Student. Formed in 1996, it became the first UK university to take part in the competition back in 1997 by competing in the American league, before FSUK had even formed. Since then we have raced around the world including Australia, Japan and Italy.

Members typically study

  • Aerospace
  • Computing/Technology
  • Electronic/Electrical
  • Mechanical/Manufacturing

The facts

Formed in 1996, LGR was the first UK Formula Student Team.
Joint 4th best overall FSUK team, holding 2 titles.
Predominantly a team of 1st and 2nd years.
The team consists of just under 150 members.
Predates the first FSUK event by 2 years.

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FS ATA Italy 2019

Alongside FSUK in Silverstone, Leeds Gryphon Racing also entered FS ATA in Italy. The annual event has university teams competing in static and dynamic events, ranging from design presentations to acceleration testing.

After working on improvements after FSUK, in Italy the car managed to produce it’s best performance yet, with the team’s highest score since 2009.

Traveling to Italy has expanded the team’s vision, and the improvement in performance indicates a bright future.

FSUK Silverstone 2019

Every year at Silverstone, universities from all over the world come with self made cars to compete in a range of static and dynamic events, ranging from business presentations to endurance testing. 

This year the class 1 team produced it’s best result since 2012, coming 47th out of over 80 teams, with a score of 144.6. It was an emotional affair, with late nights in the pits, tears from all the team, and a final triumphant last charge alongside the car to the track.

For the first time Leeds Gryphon Racing entered the class 2 event, coming 25th with a score of 150.07.

How to Join

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Committee List:

  • Team Leader: Zbigniew "Ziggy" Pilichiewicz
  • Faculty Advisers: Kris Kubiak and Alan Brickwood
  • Vehicle Dynamics Team Leader: Stavros Groutas
  • Aerodynamics Team Leader: Tom Sanders
  • Powertrain Team Leader: Theo Gwynn
  • Drivetrain Team Leader: Roman Poraziński
  • Electrics Team Leader: Vilius Mažeika
  • Class 2 Team Leader: Lucy Mackie
  • Class 2 Aerodynamics Team Leader: Filip Mi∤to
  • Class 2 Powertrain Team Leader: Jakub Stezowski
  • Class 2 Drivetrain Leader: Mateusz “Toosh”  Maciocha
  • Sponsorship Team Leader: Muhab Hasan
  • Business Team Leader: Chimdirim "Chichi" Ani
  • Media Team Leader: Jonathan “Jonny”  Knowles.
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