The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) kick-started Formula SAE competition back in 1981 in the United States. In 1998, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers joined hands with SAE International to inaugurate and run FS in Europe at the end of each academic year.
This year, Formula Student United Kingdom will be held from July 9 to 13, at Silverstone circuit. Participants can choose to design and fabricate an all-electric or a petrol engine powered formula type car, within the limits of rulebook issued by IME.
Student teams from all over the world participate in FS events, this year Formula Student UK will see 8 teams from India, out of which 3 teams will enter with all-electric racing machines. Colleges / universities that will participate with petrol engine propelled FS cars are Delhi Technological University, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Bhaskar Engineering College, Punjab University Patiala and Chitkara University, Punjab.
All-electric cars are fabricated in-house by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Vellore Institute of Technology and SRM University – KTR. Indian student teams have been participating in international events like SAE BAJA, Formula SAE (FSAE), Formula Student Germany (FSG) and many similar international student level motorsport competitions, to display their innovations alongside coping up with regular academic classes and chores.