UPRacing Electric, Formula Student Success

A student racing car design team are celebrating excellent results at international motorsport contest Formula Student.

The team, who designed an electric racing car and were entering the annual competition for the first time, came second out of 40 Class 2 teams for the costing of their car in the competition, which tests teams on business elements as well as design.

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, this year’s Formula Student saw 130 teams from over 30 countries compete in the five-day event (July 11-15) at Silverstone racing circuit.

The electric car team took part in the design element of the contest but hope to build a car in future years and compete in the racing aspect of the event. Competitors design and build the cars at their universities before heading to the Northamptonshire racing circuit, where the cars are tested for speed, acceleration and endurance. The teams are also judged on design, costing and business presentation skills.

The electric car team “UPRacing Electric” also came eighth out of 40 teams in design and ninth in business.

Team leader Oliver Plucknett said: “I couldn’t be prouder of what the team has achieved in such a small space of time. I very much looking forward to working with everyone again soon. Thank you to everyone that has supported us of the last year we couldn’t have done it without you.”

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