Formula Student

Imagine being part of a team that builds its own single-seat racing car and competes at the famous Silverstone Circuit.

As an engineering student at Hull, you’ll get the chance to join the Hull University Formula Student team - or HUFS for short - and compete at the Silverstone Circuit, the home of British motorsport.

Organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Formula Student is Europe's most established educational engineering competition, celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2020 and is backed by industry and high-profile engineers. Each year, university teams from around the globe travel to Silverstone to compete in static and dynamic events that will test their preparation, hard work and engineering skills to the limit.

Brian Houston Mechanical Engineering Lecturer and Charlie Ward in Formula Student Workshop
Students in a Mechanical Engineering workshop

The University of Hull has been competing in Formula Student since 2010 and recently enjoyed its most successful year ever.

As part of a competitive team, you’ll get hands on in the workshop and all the other tasks that are involved in a successful racing team. You’ll be able to pursue your passion for engineering, while learning transferable skills such as teamwork and project management.

Our track record

Every year, we assemble a group of young innovators with a skill-set blending engineering know-how and business acumen.

Now is a good time to be joining the team. In its last outing (2019), our team celebrated its best-ever finish at Silverstone. A total of 90 universities entered the event, of which 81 teams representing 18 different countries made it through to the contest. Of these, only 24 made it to the final challenge, the endurance event.

Hull’s performance in the endurance event, coupled with the team’s successes in other challenges, including 30th in the cost event, 28th in design, 23rd in acceleration, 25th in sprint and 14th in the skid pad, led to a record-breaking result.

The team finished 32nd overall, an impressive 20 places higher than the previous year, scoring more than 100 points more than in any previous season.

Hull University Formula Student team
John Beany MEng Mechanical Engineering
John Beany, HUFS Chief Engineer (2018-19)
Pole Position
John Beany, MEng Mechanical Engineering

Formula Student aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and to encourage more young people to take up careers in engineering. Taking part gives you invaluable experience, helping you stand out from the crowd when it comes to graduate opportunities.

The best experience was my first time seeing the car drive around the Silverstone Circuit. It’s exhilarating seeing the car you worked on race at the iconic track.”
Brian Houston Mechanical Engineering Lecturer in the Formula Student Workshop

“I repeatedly see the positive impact of the project reflected in our alumni, who I have the great pleasure of witnessing go on to highly respectable careers, armed with the additional experience gained from projects such as Formula Student.”

Brian Houston, Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Co-Founder of Hull Formula Student


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