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Lancaster Racing 2013 triumph over adversity at Silverstone

Lancaster Racing 2013 Lancaster Racing 2013

A team of 12 final year engineering students competed at Silverstone in July in the annual IMechE Formula Student competition. The competition puts teams of students from universities around the world through their paces, as they are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in a series of static and dynamic events which demonstrate their understanding and test the performance of the vehicle.

But it was not all plain sailing for Lancaster Racing 2013! Following a huge set back during the scrutineering process whereby the chassis was deemed to be made from under-spec material, the team showed resilience and rallied together with herculean effort to strip, weld and rebuild the car in less than 24 hours, ready to test in the following day's dynamic events. Despite this, impressively, Lancaster racing was one of only 21 teams (from a field of 90 entries) who competed the full endurance test course in the blistering summer heat, when other top teams with significant resources fell by the wayside.

Overall, Lancaster Racing 2013 placed 42nd. Congratulations to the team, and a big thank you to this year's sponsors particularly TMSUK (formerly Seatechnik Ltd), Caparo and Shermaynes.

Please see the Formula Student website for further information on the competition.

Mon 29 July 2013