Manchester Stinger Motorsports Society

Manchester Stinger Motorsports is the University of Manchester’s Formula Student society. We design and build a single-seater car to race in the Formula Student UK competition organised by the IMechE and held at Silverstone. Currently we have three teams within the society: an Internal Combustion team, an Electric Vehicle team, and an Artificial Intelligence team.

In Formula Student, student-designed cars are judged by industry experts based on design techniques, practical performance, and business viability for a hypothetical manufacturing firm. Through this project, students develop valuable technical and professional skills, including teamwork, project management, budgeting, communication, and presentation. Many Formula Student alumni have gone on to careers in F1 teams and major automotive companies. 

Our team is comprised of enthusiastic and motivated individuals always willing to give the project their best. Unlike most other Formula Student teams, we take on students from all academic years and degree programmes to build up diversity of ideas and backgrounds. We always strive to maintain a fun working environment with inclusion, equality, and diversity close to our hearts in everything we do.

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Our team members and alumni have secured placements and jobs at F1 teams and major automotive manufacturers such as McLaren, Red Bull, Mercedes and Volvo.
Manchester Stinger Motorsports began as the Formula Student team of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2001.
The team competed at Formula Student Italy in 2018.
We have an Artificial Intelligence team developing a self-driving car!
A fully powered electric car is in the works to be entered into competition in the next few years.
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FSUK 2023

The internal combustion team is currently preparing for the FSUK 2023 competition at Silverstone in July. We are aiming for a top 20 finish in the Formula Student Class this year, having placed 36th out of 81 universities at our last competition in 2019.

We also promote STEM through attending educational events such as ScienceX, where we bring engineering into the community to inspire younger generations to take up scientific careers in the future.

FSUK 2021

We participated in the FSUK 2021 virtual concept class competition, where we placed 28th out of 64 teams in the design event, presenting aspects of our car's design and team management to a panel of industry judges.

FSUK 2020

We also participated in the FSUK 2020 Virtual Dynamics Event and placed 16th out of 34 entries with a 2nd place in the sprint event and an 8th place in endurance finals.

FSUK 2019

Formula Student (FSUK) started in 1998 as a Demo Event at MIRA. It is part of a global competition series with more than 1000 teams worldwide:

  • >200 Universities in America
  • >400 Universities in Europe – this includes us, woo!
  • >400 Universities in Asia

10 competitions are recognised as part of the formula Student and Formula SAE competition series.

We have entered Formula SAE Italy in 2017 however, our main competition is Formula Student UK aka Silverstone! This has grown to have annually ~100 cars (Class 1) plus ~30 design only (Class 2) entrants from Universities from all around the world.
Typically engages 4000 students/year and has engaged over 40,000 students over the last 21 years.

Class 1 will participate in all 3 events whereas Class 2 is purely static events – they have no physical car to race after all. Before any performance or Endurance events can be attempted the car must pass extensive scrutineering.

A breakdown of the events are as follows:

Static Event

Present to judges (typically hiring managers of Motorsport companies):

  • Design
  • Costing
  • Business Presentation.

Performance Events

  • Acceleration – 75m
  • Skid pad – Lateral Acceleration Test
  • Sprint / Autocross – Single Timed Lap

Endurance and Fuel Efficiency

  • 22km with driver change
  • Energy or Fuel used is measured.

We attended the FSUK 2019 competition organised by the IMechE. We finished 36th/81, which was our 2nd best result ever.

Science X

We also promote STEM in attending events such as Science X, where we present our car and team to encourage children and especially women into engineering. 


Car showcase and career talk

In December 2022, we hosted a car showcase and careers talk with Ella Podmore MBE, a senior materials engineer at McLaren Automotive and University of Manchester alumna.

We have regular karting socials for team building and to select drivers for competition.


Committee List

Committee List

  • Mee-Mee Soe – Society Chair and Team Leader
  • Padrig Owens – Deputy Team Leader
  • Harvi Brow – Treasurer
  • Bassel Ezz – Inclusions Officer
  • Gabriele Kalantaite – Business Team Leader

Internal Combustion (IC) Team

  • Alex Neytchev – Aerodynamics Subteam Leader
  • Cameron O’Dea – Intake and Cooling Subteam Leader
  • Elliott Jones – Vehicle Dynamics Subteam Leader
  • Harry Cotton – Electrical Subteam Leader
  • Sacha Muller – Chassis Subteam Leader
  • Thomas Davison – Engine and Drivetrain Subteam Leader

Electric Vehicle (EV) Team

  • Vinay Menon – Electric Vehicle Team Leader
  • Ashraf Abllah – Vehicle Dynamics Subteam Leader
  • Hugo Mutkin – Cooling Subteam Leader
  • John Chua – Drivetrain Subteam Leader
  • Rafael Delicoli Franco – Chassis Subteam Leader
  • Rhys Heseltine – Battery Subteam Leader

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Team

  • Nikola Radulov – Artificial Intelligence Team Leader
How to Join

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