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with almost no limitations to the design or the shape, can instil a creativity in young engineers that will be absolutely crucial to them throughout their careers.


“Skilled, experienced engineering graduates are prized across the world, and Formula Student helps to deliver the best.”


Kate Jones, Head of Formula Student at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said:


“To design and build a competitive racing car in one year, whilst studying for a degree, is no mean feat. The level of innovation, commitment and ambition that the teams display is incredible and it’s very exciting to see their hard work pay off.


“Formula Student is more than just


a university project; it’s a unique experience that can launch a student’s career. It also happens to be a lot of fun and a chance to work with students from across the globe – the level of camaraderie between the teams is fantastic. I only wish that I’d had the chance to be part of something like this when I was at university.”


Highlights for 2011 include:


More cars than ever before have entered the sustainable, fuel efficient Class 1A category, with 16 entrants. 13 of these are electric cars.


The first Palestinian team, from the Gaza Strip, will compete. Students from the Khan Younis Training Centre, an educational centre run by the UN, have built a car in one of the most impoverished areas in the world using almost entirely


recycled parts.


New teams from as far afield as Nigeria, Thailand, Russia, Australia and India will also be flying to Silverstone in July. Delft University will showcase their hydrogen-fuel cell car, designed and built entirely by the students, before attempting the world record for the quickest 0-60mph acceleration in a lightweight hydrogen-powered car in August. The University of Bath will attempt to become the first UK winner of Formula Student. Their driver, Jason Linden-Tahincioglu, is a former GP2 driver who raced against Lewis Hamilton.


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