Leeds University Formula Student recap

A motor racing team made up of British students has beaten worldwide competition to win a haul of trophies at a racing competition in the United States. The team is backed by Green Flag motoring assistance, sponsor of the British F3 ...

A motor racing team made up of British students has beaten worldwide competition to win a haul of trophies at a racing competition in the United States. The team is backed by Green Flag motoring assistance, sponsor of the British F3 Championship.

The racing team, who are all mechanical engineering students at Leeds Metropolitan University, came thirteenth overall out of 125 entries in the Formula SAE in Detroit, Michigan, winning $5,000 and finishing higher than any other UK student team for the fifth year running.

Success for the team included coming first in the safety and crashworthiness and mechanical dynamics awards. Second place position was achieved in the Altair Engineering best use of optimisation in design award and third in both the Continental Teves brake cooling system and Visteon powertrain cooling systems awards.

Team member Andrew Deakin was also awarded the Carroll Smith Mentor's Cup in recognition of his contribution as an outstanding Formula SAE faculty advisor.

Blake Siegler, from the Leeds Formula Student team said: "Again, we have managed a strong result, demonstrating that we are the most successful team outside North American. Unfortunately, if we hadn't had fuelling and electrical problems we may have finished even higher. This was proven by the team achieving the fastest lap in the endurance event."

Nick Page, Green Flag sponsorship manager said: "As sponsor of the Green Flag British F3 Championship, which is often the training ground for Formula 1 drivers, we are happy to support motorsport at grassroots level. Formula Student allows tomorrow's engineers and designers to experience the challenge of producing efficient, winning engines and car designs."

Next stop for the racing students was competing against other university mechanical engineering departments in the Formula Student event being held at the Birmingham NEC in July. Competing against teams from universities around the world, the Leeds students came third overall and top UK finisher by a significant margin. They also received a prize for recording the fastest lap time of the day. The competition was extremely close with only 20 points out of 1,000 separating first and third places.

-www.mech-eng.leeds.ac.uk/racing/

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