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RS helps to fast track the engineers of the future

RS helps to fast track the engineers of the future

RS Components has demonstrated its commitment to supporting future engineers by providing products to teams of students from 20 UK universities to enable them to design and build single-seat racing cars for the global Formula Student contest. The cars were tested at a recent event at the British Grand Prix Formula One track at Silverstone.

Formula Student is an initiative run by The Institute of Mechanical Engineers that aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. The challenge to create a single-seat racing car is typically part of the student engineers’ degree course. Each team from the selection of UK universities taking part was able to choose components from the RS range of more than 500,000 products, to be used in the planning and construction of the cars.

All the cars and students from across the world gathered to test their vehicles at Silverstone, demonstrating their understanding of engineering through the vehicle’s performance. Tracey Taylor, social SEO executive at RS, said: “Formula Student helps bring engineering to life in an engaging and realistic way. By supporting some of the university teams we are investing in the young engineers of tomorrow – something RS is passionate about.”

The UK teams came from universities across the country, including Cardiff, Liverpool, Leeds, Leicester, Southampton and Hertfordshire. The University of Birmingham’s Formula Student team, which RS has supported for seven years, achieved third place among the UK teams, and a seventh place finish overall – marking the best performance in the history of the team. 

Tom Minto, a student and chassis designer of Hertfordshire University, which RS supports, said: “I’ve been involved with the project for five years now, over which time we’ve developed a really good team, and we work hard to improve the car each year. We tested a 3D printed model of our car prior to the event and we were delighted to have produced one of the cheapest cars on the circuit.” 

In addition to the UK universities, RS also supports nine universities in Germany, where Formula Student is run by The Association of German Engineers. The event there takes place at the Hockenheimring, which hosts the German Grand Prix every two years.

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