Who are EUFS?
A team of students with a passion
EUFS (Edinburgh University Formula Student) was established in 2014 by a group of undergraduate students of various disciplines at the University of Edinburgh. The team’s goal each year is to design and build a single-seat racing car to compete at the Formula Student UK competition.
The team now has over 50 team members across a variety of sub-teams, from Chassis, Suspension and Engine to Electronics, Driverless and Business. The society teaches team members to apply what they have been taught at university to a real-life engineering project, allowing the students’ designs to be manufactured and used on the car. Furthermore, the project demands many interpersonal skills such as team management, effective communication and efficient scheduling.
The project is funded from our University, along with sponsorship raised by the team. This support is crucial to remain present and competitive within Formula Student. EUFS continues to build upon the successes of previous years with the aim of maximising our points awarded at the competition each year.
What is Formula Student?
A unique opportunity for students
Formula Student is an international competition that promotes careers and excellence in engineering by challenging university students to design, build, develop and market a single-seat race car. Multiple competitions are hosted around the world each year, ranging from the United States and Australia to Germany and the UK.
Formula Student attracts entries from universities all over the World and represents a valuable project that blends academic work and learning with the development of practical engineering skills. Engineering and Technology companies know how important the continual supply of high-quality engineers is to their success. Formula Student graduates enter the employment market with a wealth of real experience to prepare them for success in their careers.
For the purpose of the competition, the students assume that a manufacturing firm has engaged them to produce a prototype car for evaluation. The intended sales market is the non-professional weekend autocross or sprint racer. Therefore, the car must have very high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling. The car must also be cost and fuel-efficient, easy to maintain and reliable. Competing teams are judged in both static and dynamic events, and awarded points based on their success in them.
As with all successful engineering projects, the first step is to envision what is needed, and how this will be achieved. Members of EUFS spend countless hours conceptualising, validating, and refining key components to provide lightweight and effective solutions for improved race-car performance.
Once the final iterations of our designs are completed, the team then looks to convert these from a computer model to a physical part. We pride ourselves on our in-house capabilities, whether it be jigging and welding our chassis, 3D printing our multi-plastic air intake mould, or etching our PCB. Specialist processes outwith our capacity require detailed drawings and specifications to be sent to our sponsors for external manufacture.
When the base components have been made to specification, the team works hard to integrate these parts into the car. This is the most crucial stage, where sub-teams must collaborate effectively to meet project deadlines. After a year of hard work, during mid-July, it’s time to hit the race track!