Published: 16 October 2014

Success for Liverpool in Hungary Formula Student competition

The University of Liverpool’s Formula Student team came 26th out of almost 40 teams from around the world at their latest competition in Hungary.

Formula Student sees universities from across the globe design and build a single seater racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events, which demonstrate their understanding and test the performance of the vehicle.

After placing second overall in the business category of the competition, the team also excelled in the cost and sustainability category, coming third out of the 38 international competitor universities. The team also placed third out of the competing UK universities behind only Huddersfield and Swansea.

The news follows the team’s success at the season’s opening weekend at Silverstone earlier in the summer where the team came second in the Russell Group, 11th in the UK and 36th overall out of 97 international competitor universities.

This year Liverpool’s car features a completely redesigned suspension and steering system to accommodate for a shortened wheelbase.

The new steering geometry and custom bevel gearbox has reduced the required steering effort threefold and the suspension set-up makes the car much more nimble for slaloms and tight corners. It also features the team’s first ever anti-roll bars for the front and rear.

Formula student is part of the School of Engineering capstone module which is taken by 3rd and 4th year Engineering students. The team has to design a new car every year and has already started work on next year’s design.

Commenting on the competition and looking forward to the year ahead, team member Emily Rainford, said: “The car design for this year has been really impressive and although we are pleased with our performances at both Silverstone and Hungary, there is still room for improvement”.

“This year we are planning to work on the aerodynamics of the car by concentrating on lowering the engine as well as working on the front and rear wings. We’re also planning to put a much larger emphasis on driver training to make sure that we can capitalise on the improvements for performance in a competition setting.”

This is the first year that the Liverpool Formula Student team has attended the Hungary competition, last year going to Germany’s Hockenheim circuit.

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