Student engineers aim for a winning Formula

Student engineers at the University of Sussex have launched the racing car they have built to race in the 2010 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-seater racing car.

The 12-strong Mobil 1 Team Sussex, comprising eight fourth-year and four third-year students, has been working at full-speed since July 2009 on their entry.

This year's drivers are Daniele De Anna, Martin Grant, Martin Jones and Rida Mansour.

Features of Mobil 1 Team Sussex's entry include a Yamaha 600cc four-cylinder injection engine, Mobil 1 oil and a sleek black and chrome painted carbon-fibre shell.

The team will test the car against more than 80 other entries at Silverstone motor-racing circuit in Northamptonshire, from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 July.

Formula Student is run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), with the assistance of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Also attending the official launch on Monday (21st June 2010) were Rupert Bravery (Strategic Global Alliances Manager (Europe, Africa, Middle East) for ExxonMobil and a Sussex graduate), and Johnson Beharry VC, who is a team patron.

Lance-Corporal Beharry, of the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military declaration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces, for twice saving members of his unit from ambushes in 2004 at Al-Amarah, Iraq.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 June 2010