The Institution of Mechanical Engineering has awarded Sheffield University with this year’s honour as the top team in its Formula Student competition.
A team of engineering students from the University of Sheffield has won the Formula Student 2021 racing car competition, beating off fierce competition from over 30 teams at an event held at Silverstone Race Circuit.
Team Sheffield Formula Racing joins 2017 winners Cardiff University as the only British winner of the competition, which gives students a real-world challenge to design, build and race single seater cars. It includes events designed to test their vehicle as well as formal presentations to show their engineering knowledge.
This year, for both UK and international teams unable to attend the track event, the Institution organised an online competition with virtual racing simulation heats and finals. India’s Institute of Technology Bombay picked up awards in two categories, marking a great year for the team despite not being able to join their competitors at Silverstone.
Formula Student’s AI competition, which launched in 2018, continues to attract new teams to develop autonomous driving systems and now has a second purpose-built prototype autonomous car for university teams to develop their systems.