University racing teams compete against each other in Europe's most educational engineering competition
READING TIME 3 MINS
Each year Bosch partners with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to put on Formula Student UK. The competition aims to develop enterprising young engineers, and encourage students to take up a career in engineering. University racing teams design and build cars that are put through a series of challenges, culminating in a three day final at Silverstone race track.
Over 2,000 students
from 24 nations
The competition is part of our aim to inspire and develop enterprising young engineers, and this year’s event did not disappoint.
As well as partnering with the IMechE, over the course of the competition Bosch has sponsored 4 of the university teams: Oxford Brookes Racing from Oxford Brookes University, Team Bath Racing Electric from the University of Bath, Brunel Racing from Brunel University and Phoenix Racing from Coventry University.
We have provided much valued technical and moral support. As part of this support, Bosch hosted the four teams in a warm-up event at the MIRA proving grounds. During the day the teams were put through a series of challenges to get them ready for the Formula Student final, including a run through of their business presentation and scrutineering on their cars.
“Each team is unique, so our help is catered for the individual teams.”
Emma Cliffe – Previous Formula Student and current intern at Bosch.
This year, we’ve branched out and partnered with Bath’s electric team. George Fern, manager of the new team, chatted to us about the benefits of actually having “electrical engineers on board to get our sensor networks working really well.” It is important for us, that each team expands their knowledge of engineering in different areas.
Formula Student not only tests real-world teamwork, time management, budgeting and engineering skills, it in turn prepares the students for the first steps in their working career. Competitors regularly graduate to join Formula One and motorsport teams, as well as securing placements with the world’s leading engineering organisations.
“When recruiting, we look for things that differentiate candidates; things like Formula Student.”
Mark Woodcock, European Account Manager at Bosch.
The Bosch marquee at Silverstone was buzzing across the 4 days of competition with tech talks, table football and a Grand Prix simulator with augmented reality and virtual reality. This was all accompanied by a diverse team of Bosch representatives from HR, Bosch Rexroth and more, all available to discuss information about Bosch’s involvement with Formula student and to talk to about career opportunities. It give the student engineers a welcome break from building cars and competing, and they came away knowing a whole lot more about the world of Bosch.
The Bosch space was not only popular with the teams, but also with the public who had access to the event over the Saturday and Sunday. This was a great opportunity for young people to come and be inspired by the teams at work, and find out more about Bosch’s involvement.
Finally, we would like to congratulate Oxford Brookes Racing for placing second in the whole event! Also a big shout out to our other teams, the University of Bath electric, Brunel and Coventry University for their perseverance and brilliant performance over the course of the weekend.