Success for Oxford Brookes Racing team

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Oxford Brookes Racing - Ethan Gardner Photography & Formula Student

A team of students from Oxford Brookes have finished as top UK team and sixth overall in the international Formula Student competition.

Winning the design competition, and fending off fierce competition from Bath and Cardiff University teams throughout the rest of the competition saw Oxford Brookes Racing become the UK’s top racing team for a record fifth time.

The team finished sixth overall, improving on two years ago when they finished in seventh place.

This is the second time in the last three years that Oxford Brookes Racing has won the position of best UK University team.

Gareth Neighbour, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes, said "The engineering, dedication and perseverance of the team and all of its members in my view is second to none and is one of the leading factors why the department produces graduates wanted by F1, leading motorsport teams and engineering sector employers."

Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Backed by industry and high profile engineers, the annual competition seeks to help inspire and develop upcoming student teams from universities from around the globe.

Teams are asked to develop and create a prototype vehicle that must be low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable, with high performance on the track.

Each prototype vehicle is put through a rigorous testing process, covering everything from design and safety, through to acceleration, endurance and even fuel economy to see which team comes out on top, with industry specialists judging the vehicles throughout.

This result puts the team in a strong position as they move to their next competition in Germany on July 29th, which will prove to be an equally tough challenge

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