Renishaw-Sponsored Team Finds Formula Student Success

The Cardiff Racing team, sponsored by Renishaw, was recently crowned the first ever UK winners of Formula Student.

Renishaw-Sponsored Cardiff Racing

Renishaw sponsored the winning Cardiff Racing team.

The Cardiff Racing team, from Cardiff University, was recently crowned the first ever UK winners of Formula Student. As part of the annual competition, the team of 56 student engineers designed, built and raced a single seat racing car, beating competition from more than 130 university teams from across the globe. Renishaw Inc., is a sponsor of the team, offering financial and manufacturing aid and advice.

Formula Student, which has existed for more than 20 years, is Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition, run in the UK by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Throughout the year, teams design, build and test a combustion or electric car in competition specifications. Students from all over the world then participate in a four-day event at Silverstone, UK.

At Silverstone, the cars are judged by industry experts during static and dynamic events. Judges award the teams points for a Dragon’s Den style business presentation, a design event and a cost event. The cars are also marked for their dynamic performance in acceleration, handling, endurance and sprint events, in a series of time trial races.

Renishaw has been a sponsor of Cardiff Racing for several years. This year, the company produced some parts for the engine’s intake runners using metal additive manufacturing (AM). Renishaw also presented a talk on AM, guiding the young engineers on how best to design for additive manufacturing, a rapidly growing technology in the automotive sector.

“I got involved in Cardiff Racing during my first year at University and went on to lead the team last year,” explains Sean Creed, graduate mechanical engineer at Renishaw and former Cardiff Racing team leader. “Working with industry partners is essential for Formula Student, as without them, it wouldn’t exist.

“Renishaw supports a number of projects that develop the skills and experience of budding engineers,” explains Chris Pockett, head of communications at Renishaw. “Formula Student acts as a gateway to engineering careers and helps to bridge the gap between industry and academia.”