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More teams than ever line up to compete in Formula Student 2013

28 January 2013

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has announced the preliminary line-up for Formula Student 2013, with 149 teams from 34 different countries taking part.

the Chalmers University 2012 winning car
the Chalmers University 2012 winning car

Of the 149 teams selected, 54 are from UK Universities and there are more Indian teams than ever (11). A Formula Student first for 2013 is the first ever team from Oman – as well as teams from as far afield as Australia, Nigeria, Ukraine, Pakistan and Turkey.

Formula Student 2012 winners Chalmers University of Technology from Sweden, as well as the top UK car last year, Oxford Brookes (who came seventh) are also returning to compete in July.

Jon Hilton, Chairman of Formula Student said: “Formula Student is in its 15th year and the 2013 event is set to be bigger and better than ever. 

“Apart from the excitement of building a single-seat racing car, the popularity of Formula Student is also thanks to the fact that it’s the perfect testing ground for developing skills that are crucial to a successful career in industry. Previous participants have gone on to have successful careers not just in motorsport and automotive engineering, but in all aspects of industry.

“The event attracts some of the most inventive and talented young engineers from around the world and I’m looking forward to seeing all the advances there will be in this year’s cars.”

Formula Student, which will take place in Silverstone on July 4-7, is the world’s largest student motorsport event. Run by the IMechE, it challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance in a series of time-trial races, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.

For the full preliminary line-up, click here.

Formula Student Partners for 2013 include Jaguar Land Rover, National Instruments and SAE International. Shell is also a Partner and the official fuel supplier for the event while Robert Bosch UK is a Gold Sponsor.

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