Mission to excite and encourage young people to take up a career in engineering
The fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. Formula Student is Europe’s most established and most revered educational motorsport competition. The event is run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers with the sole aim to inspire, develop and nurture the new innovative and enterprising engineers of the world. Universities from all across the globe participate in this competition to take on the challenge of building a single- seat, open cockpit racing car that can successfully compete in a set of dynamic and static events. The competition seeks to challenge the university students to conceive, design, build, cost, present, and compete as a team; in the process helping them improve their capabilities, push their limits and to broaden their horizons, ensuring a smooth transition from collegiate life to the much more real outer world. The cars are judged across a series of static and dynamic events wherein a maximum of 1000 points – 325 for static and 675 for dynamic – can be scored. The static events include the Business presentation (75), Cost analysis (100) and the engineering design analysis (150); The dynamic events include skid pad (50), acceleration (75), efficiency (100), autocross (150) and endurance (300).
What is mechanical engineering? Mechanical engineering is all about taking science and using it to produce things. It’s about translating theoretical research into practical solutions and applications which are used by society. Mechanical engineers’ discoveries, creations and developments of technology laid the foundations for modern life as we know it.
The development of mechanical engineering follows that of society and our built environment. Inventions such as the bicycle revolutionised travel and allowed people to move about freely as never before, impacting on how they lived and worked. Our timeline highlights these pivotal moments, from c6000BC until the present day.