Silverstone next stop for Formula Student Team Sussex

Richard Noble and Johnson Beharry unveil the Team Sussex car for 2012

Team Sussex with their entry car for 2012's Formula Student competition at Silverstone in July

Mobil 1 Team Sussex have unveiled the student-designed-and-built car that they hope will speed them into the world’s top 20 at the 2012 international Formula Student competition at Silverstone in July.

Formula Student challenges university students to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single-seat racing car.

The car was launched at an event in the ACCA Creativity Zone on campus. Special guests included world land-speed record breaker Richard Noble OBE and Corporal Johnson Beharry VC, who are both Mobil 1 Team Sussex patrons.

Mobil 1 Team Sussex comprises 19 engineering students, four product designers, two business students and two media students – more than twice the number of Sussex students who took part last year.

The project is sponsored this year by West Sussex-based engineering company Ricardo – a great boost as Sussex has one of the smallest budgets of all the teams in the contest.

After finishing 34th in 2011, the team has spent this extra sponsorship money on lightweight wheels that will make the car faster – which they hope will lead to a top 20 finish.

The students will race the car against more than 100 other entries at the Silverstone motor-racing circuit in Northamptonshire from 12 to 15 July.


Notes for Editors

For more information and to keep up to date with the team’s progress, check out the Mobil 1 Team Sussex website, or follow them on Facebook or on Twitter at @Mobil1Sussex.

Listen to Team Sussex member Ben Verrecchia’s interview on BBC Radio Sussex (cue 1hr and 31 minutes in to programme).

Find out more about engineering at Sussex on the School of Engineering and Informatics web pages

University of Sussex Press office contacts: Maggie Clune and Jacqui Bealing. Tel: 01273 678 888. Email:

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Last updated: Thursday, 14 June 2012