Silverstone success for Formula Student Team
15 August 2011
LJMU’s Formula Student Team recently took part in the biggest ever Formula Student competition staged at Silverstone, an event which attracted engineering talent from all over the globe. In only their second year at the competition, the team finished in the top 20 at a placing of 18th in the Class 1 competition, which consisted of 79 entries. They were the 4th highest placed UK University in Class 1.
The students had to design and build their own single-seater and meet a raft of exacting technical, design, speed, endurance and environmental criteria. More than 131 teams applied to take part in the event scheduled.
Team leader Zhivko Staynov and the LJMU Formula Student team said:
"We are very pleased with the result as this is only the second year competing in Class 1. The competition at the event was extremely strong and the results were very close at the top. The progress made since last year demonstrated that we are working well. The performance of the new car is a big step forward compared to last year, and it is expected that there will be much more to come as we gather data on setup and implement new developments."
Professor Ian Jenkinson, Director of the LJMU School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations said:
"Another great team effort. This year’s entry really stretched the engineering design and manufacturing capabilites, and led to some excellent degree projects. A large element of success in the competition is down to the quality of the planning and testing away from the track and a great deal of praise needs to go to leadership provided by this year's team manager Zhivko Staynov."
2010 marked the LJMU team’s first year of entry into the competition where they managed to achieve 6th place in the UK rankings, putting them 133rd out of 475 in the world rankings.
The team are currently in Hockenheim, Germany to compete in their first overseas round of the Formula Student competition. They will be taking the same car which competed at Silverstone, but have had time to carry out some additional testing since the UK event. The team will be running a number of developments which are aimed at improved driveability and hope to build on their UK result: http://www.formulastudent.de/
Pictured above: LJMU’s Formula Student Team with Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Brown, and Professor Ian Jenkinson, Director of LJMU's School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations at the launch of the 2011 car