Three thousand students to come to Silverstone for Formula Student 2014

Formula Student at Silverstone in 2013. Ross Brawn with students. PNL-140707-142100001
Formula Student at Silverstone in 2013. Ross Brawn with students. PNL-140707-142100001

Nearly 3,000 students from 38 countries will be descending on Silverstone Circuit when the world’s largest student motorsport event comes to the region.

A record 37 UK universities will battle it out with teams from across the globe in single seat racing cars built from scratch at Formula Student 2014, from July 9 to 13.

After almost a year of planning, designing and building, the world’s best young engineers will descend on the home of British motorsport to battle it out and see who will be crowned Formula Student 2014 champions.

They will attempt to take the Formula Student title from Switzerland’s ETH Zurich, who won the title in 2014 and will be returning this year.

The event will also feature The Big Bang @ Silverstone UTC, where hundreds of pupils from across Northants and Warwickshire will discover the world of science, technology, engineering and maths this Friday.

There will also be the Bosch Diesel Eco Challenge, a three-day, on-track challenge to crown Britain’s ‘greenest’ driver, run by Formula Student partner Bosch.

The competition offers winners the chance to join Honda Yuasa Racing driver and BTCC champion Matt Neal for a lap around the Silverstone circuit.

Formula Student is run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The cars are judged on their speed, acceleration and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.

This year, there will be 280 women taking part – the highest number in Formula Student history – and the competition welcomes a team from China for the first time.

This year’s event will be attended by Paddy Lowe, executive director of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, Caterham’s technical director Mike Gascoyne, Willem Toet, head of aerodynamics at Sauber F1, and BBC science presenter Dallas Campbell.