Students hope to regain Best UK Team title at Formula Student

On Wednesday 1 June, our Team Bath Racing 2011 student team unveiled the car that they hope will regain them the Formula Student title.

Formula Student challenges university engineers from around the world to design and build a single-seat racing car which is then put to the test at an international race at the famous Silverstone circuit.

Students from the our MEng degree scheme won the national Formula Student car race consistently from 2007 until 2009, before a strike of bad luck put them into second place in 2010.

However the 2011 team, named ‘Relentless Team Bath’, are quietly confident that they can regain the title at July's race in Silverstone.

'Relentless': the team will not be unveiling their car until the launch on campus at 3pm on Wednesday 1 June

'Relentless': the team has been working around the clock to ensure the car they put on the track is at its very best.

The car is the result of two years planning and development. The team worked around the clock in twelve-hour shifts to complete the vehicle in time for the launch event.

They will now fly the car out to California where they are entered into an American student formula event which will act as a warm-up for the team before the British race.

Team spokesperson Kenny Tan said: “We have been working extremely hard to complete the car and the whole team is now really excited about the warm-up race in California.

“The past two years have been a fantastic experience for all involved in the project, from the early design stages through to building the car this year.

“We have also done a great deal of fundraising and we are extremely grateful to our sponsors Relentless, Castrol and Vhernier. Without them we wouldn’t be in the strong position we currently find ourselves in, and would be less sure of our ability to contest the title.”

Driver Jason Linden-Tahincioglu at the launch of the 2011 car.

Driver Jason Linden-Tahincioglu at the launch of the 2011 car.

The team has a secret weapon in the form of driver Jason Linden-Tahincioglu. Jason has an impressive CV, including a placement during his University course with the Renault F1 team, and racing experience against Lewis Hamilton!

When asked whether they were worried about the competition, Kenny said: “We aren’t resting, we are working really hard to ensure the car we put on the track is as good as possible.

“But no, there isn’t a particular British team we are worried about. We believe we have a good chance of regaining the title and bringing the UK championship back to Bath.”

The launch event took place as a part of the University of Bath's Mechanical Engineering Annual Design Exhibition, and included a live demonstration run of the 2011 car.

The students will be competing in California between 15 and 18 June, and in the UK race at Silverstone on 15 to 17 July. They will then go to Germany to race the car for a final time on 2 August.

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