Formula Student (FS) is Europe's most established educational engineering competition. It is run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers, as well as to encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering.
Student teams are tasked with developing a prototype single-seat race car for autocross or sprint racing. The car must be low-cost, easy to maintain, and reliable, with high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling qualities. During the annual competition, teams present their car to a hypothetical manufacturing firm. They must demonstrate the logic behind their proposals and must be able to show that it can support a viable business model. The cars are then put through their paces in a range of competitive dynamic events.
The University of Bristol team, Bristol Electric Racing (BER), was created in the summer of 2014. It was decided at the beginning that Bristol’s team would enter an electric car into the competition to equip students with vital skills for the increasing electrification in the automotive, aerospace and renewables sectors. FS is one of the few competitions where electric and internal-combustion engine cars compete side-by-side.
The team is made up of a committed group of students who develop the car on an extra-curricular basis. Each year, several students from across the Faculty also work on an aspect of car’s design as part of their accredited projects. The team receives significant financial and practical backing from the Faculty of Engineering in its search for success in the competition. They are supported by a Faculty Advisor, Electrical Systems Advisor and Technician. The team also has access to many of the excellent facilities at the university to use in the construction of the car.
To follow the team's progress please visit their webpage: https://www.beracing.co.uk/
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