Bristol Electric Racing started in 2014 within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol. The team consists of around 100 team members at any one time, with students from all degree disciplines both within engineering and across the university as a whole.
Each year, students design, build and race an open-wheel race car at Silverstone, with the team's first working entry intended for July 2019.
The future is electric
The decision to enter the electric vehicle category reflects the shift in the car manufacturing and motorsport industries - to investing resources into the development of more environmentally friendly hybrid and electric vehicles.
Making an electric vehicle will also allow the team to fully utilise the skills of the university's impressive electrical engineering department, specifically the world class Electrical Energy Management research group.
For students, by students
We believe it is important that the "for students, by students" philosohpy runs through every layer of the team. As such, students dictate the path the team takes, whilst designing, building and racing the car with the support of the University of Bristol.
Formula Student is a great opportunity for students to develop their skills in a dynamic team and practical learning environment. Whilst a great activity to put on any student's CV, we also hope that all our team members enjoy the challenge of building their very own car!
Simplify, then add lightness
To win Formula Student - our team's ultimate aim - we recognise there is a lot of learning ahead of us. All of the work being completed in the early stage of the team's life is targetted at providing the best test bed for future years, whilst developing the necessary technology for us to succeed.
Fundamental parts of the car have been designed in a way that allows future years to test new designs easily and safely, with little adaption needed.
About Formula Student
Formula Student is Europe’s most established motorsport competition, run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and backed by high profile engineers and Patrons such as Ross Brawn OBE (former Formula One Team Principal at Ferrari and Mercedes).
Universities are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events. The competition involves a variety of skills as university students have to conceive, design, build, cost, present and compete as a team. This competition provides the ideal opportunity for students to demonstrate, improve and build on vital skills such as team working, time management, project management, budgeting and presentation.
To find out more about Formula Student UK please click here.