OBR At Autosport International 2018

From Oxford To Birmingham


Team members with former F1, WEC & Formula E driver Karun Chandhok

January for most usually means cold weather, darker days, and adjusting to life back at work. For motorsport fans, however, January means Autosport International. This expansive event was back at the NEC, Birmingham, between Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th January 2018 and boasted over 600 of the industry’s biggest and best-known exhibitors, with the added excitement of launches for the professionals and live action for the public. This year saw the arrival of the 2018 World Rally Championship, the launch of the Ginetta LMP1, a celebration of 60 years of the British Touring Car Championship, as well as an exciting look into the world of Roborace. Oxford Brookes Racing were there in full force, promoting ECM; the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Computing here at Brookes. Many of our team members are here at OBU on one of our fantastic courses in BSc/BEng/MEng Motorsport Engineering, BSc/BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering, and BEng/MEng Automotive Engineering. This huge international event is one of main opportunities throughout the year that we have to promote the university, the courses, and of course, the team.


Prospective students from all over were able to walk around the stand, read about Oxford Brookes, talk to students and staff about Formula Student, and even have a close up look at last season’s car, Terrance. This kind of face-to-face time with prospective students is the exact kind of engagement that encouraged many of our current students to apply, making this an important weekend of networking, not only with trade professionals and those in industry, but also with young motorsport fans. As well as the opportunity to learn about Brookes, ECM, & Formula Student, visitors were also able to have a look at some other ongoing projects undertaken by the department, such as Formula Club-E, an exploration into electric motorsport development in collaboration with Dallara.


ASI is always a treat enjoyed by a number of team members, and we’d like to thank Autosport and the NEC for having us again this year. For more information about Autosport International, applying to Brookes, finding the engineering course for you, and of course, Formula Student, please visit the links below. See you in 2019!

Autosport International: http://www.autosportinternational.com/welcome

Oxford Brookes University: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/

OBU School of Engineering, Mathematics & Computing: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/ecm/

Formula Student: https://www.imeche.org/events/formula-student

Words by Sophie Jamieson


2015 Season Roundup

This summer the team competed successfully in three competitions, one at home at Silverstone, and two in Europe, Formula Student Germany and Formula Student Hungary. Our 2015 car, Izzy, performed well and OBR are proud to announce she is the fastest car we have ever made.

See below for a summary of our results in 2015! In bold are the results we are particularly proud of.






Design 2 15 5
Cost 18 28 4
Business 63 46 18






Acceleration Place 12 31 13
Time 4.35 4.65 4.17
Skidpad Place 15 12 13
Time 5.24 5.97 (wet) 5.21
Sprint Place 14 7 13
Time 56.03 72.15 38.11
Endurance Place 7 DNF DNS
Time 1577.52 DNF DNS



In Silverstone in July, the weekend was a challenge for the team. Being our home competition, our garage was always alive with activity, with visits from sponsors and supports alike. Having won Design the year before in 2014, expectations were high and we attacked the weekend head-on, developing our control systems to produce a solid Acceleration event to start, beating our fellow UK teams.

Skidpad provided us with a top 15 result, and results coming in from the Static events were promising also. An 18th in Cost (with a dramatic late boost from provisional to final results) gave the team a well-deserved morale boost and the news that the team had made Design Finals for the second year running was greeted with cheers.

FSUK has always treated the team well and 2015 was no exception. The excitement of the weekend fully took hold during our Sprint laps, with the whole team cheering our drivers on, accompanied by many family members and supporters.

Nerves set in early on Sunday morning while the team prepared the car for the Endurance event. This is the biggest event of the weekend in Formula Student competitions and being our home competition (only an hour drive from our campus) it was vital we finished the 22km. Drama unfolded as the typical British weather threatened, the dark clouds hovering overhead as Izzy took to the track towards the end of the afternoon.

With the team all huddled nervously up on the bank, cheering each time the drivers passed for another lap, we all crossed our fingers and willed Izzy on. The chequered flag waved! We had completed the Endurance event for the second year in a row.

The drama was not over yet, and Team Bath, one of our main rivals, finished their own Endurance run just seconds before the heavens opened; the pitlane became a river and everyone rushed to get their cars back to their garages. Through all the excitement and challenge of the weekend, OBR came sixth overall, equalling 2014, and we came away knowing we had a fast car that was reliable and ready to be developed. We headed to Europe!


Camping for the first time in a few years, the team excitedly soaked up the atmosphere as we set up in Hockenheim, having brought the rain with us from the UK. We knew FSG would be challenging, providing tough competition from teams all across the world.

Scrutineering was one of the toughest few days for the team, with the officials being more precise than ever. Our aerodynamics team united to get the front and rear wings passed, the whole team helping out to get through Technical Inspection.

Scrutineering is tough

With Statics finished by Thursday, the Dynamics could begin. Determined to make the most of our days in Germany and to ensure the car was as ready as possible, we were one of the last cars on the wet Skidpad track on Friday evening. A great place of 12th proved what we knew: our car was fast.

Watching from the grandstands on Saturday, the team waited anxiously as Izzy joined the long queue for the Sprint event, in the late afternoon when the track was hottest. The tension built as the cars slowly moved forwards the clock ticked down to when the event closed… With less than two minutes to go, OBR reached the front of the queue, our engineers nervously waiting for the event officials to wave the green flag. Finally we were allowed on track just as the event closed- hopes and tensions were high as our drivers flew around the course to give us an impressive 7th place.

Unfortunately a failure towards the end of the Endurance event put a stopper to our dreams of making the podium at FSG. Still, the team had some much deserved time out at the Mahle Party at the end of the weekend and, all shirts swapped, headed back to the UK to prepare the car for Hungary.


With one last push for results in the summer of 2015, the team headed out to Hungary in mid-August. This was a new destination for the team and we were excited to meet new teams and explore new places. We knew the car could be quick.

Even before arriving at the track we knew the engine had been causing us a few issues. We decided to remove the car from the pit overnight. Taking the car to a well-lit car park in central Gyor, the powertrain team worked tirelessly through the night to find the source of our issues. It turned out to be the sprag clutch, something we didn’t have with us, returning to the track the team starting to ask around other teams to see if the part could be found. We would like to thank Tu Fast, Szengine and Tu Brno for their amazing help in finding the part. Part found and engine fixed the team prepared for the next few days.

Statics went well, with a great 4th place in Cost, proving our car is marketed as one of the truest ‘weekend racer’s on the grid. Acceleration and Skidpad again provided us with top 13 times, as the top spot continued to prove elusive. The team worked hard to improve the car for the last effort of the season.

However a dramatic suspension failure during our Sprint lap marked an unfortunate end to a great season. The team tried to think of any way to fix Izzy but that was the end of OBR’s competition. The team admitted a gracious defeat and instead enjoyed watching the cars during Endurance on the Sunday before heading back to the UK.

All in all, OBR’s 2015 season has been a great success, coming home with a few trophies and forging new friendships. However 2015 has not been without its challenges and the team strive to learn from mistakes as well as bad luck. 2016 beckons!


We would like to give thanks to all our sponsors (see our Partners) for supporting us throughout the year, both through our successes and challenges. Thank you to Oxford Brookes and our MEMS department for seeing us through and giving us fantastic opportunities, including our glamorous Launch Party.

Formula Student wouldn’t be the great competition it is today without the brilliant cooperation and friendships between teams. As we try to offer our help to other teams in need, we are grateful for the support when we struggle. We would like to thank Team Bath Racing, Tu Fast, Szengine and Tu Brno for your assistance over all three competitions. Looking forward to seeing you again on track next year!

An upgrade in quality and safety thanks to Garage Floor Tile Company


As OBR goes from a combustion engine to being fully electric, it becomes increasingly important to protect our sensitive electrical components… GFTC has provided us with special tiles that heavily reduce the static charge generated…

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Champions: OBR Autonomous scoop Overall Class Win at Virtual Formula Student

Oxford Brookes Racing’s Autonomous division – OBR Autonomous – rounded off a successful Virtual Formula Student Competition by winning in the DDT class, with a litany of wins to boot.

Founded in 2018, OBR Autonomous has rapidly expanded to take on the very best, forming successful technical partnerships with high profile organisations such as Ordinance Survey and Oxfordshire County Council. 

Winning in multiple categories, the result justifies OBR Autonomous’ seat at the table with other major players, and places the team in good stead for future competitions as the driverless division continues to grow.

See more on OBR Autonomous

OBR Full Virtual Formula Student UK Results – Autonomous

  • 1st – Formula Student 2020 FSAI DDT Class Overall
  • 1st – Formula Student 2020 FSAI Presentation
  • 1st – Formula Student 2020 FSAI Simulation
  • 1st – Formula Student 2020 FSAI DDT Design
  • 4th – Formula Student 2020 FSAI Real World Event

Words: Thomas Godfrey

Oxford Brookes’ balance between theory and work-based learning: Supporting the new generation of engineers – even before they graduate


The Formula Student project at Oxford Brookes University plays a pivotal role in the preparation of students for industry… Many Oxford Brookes graduates have 1-5 years of on-the-job experience in a race team, fresh out of their university degrees…”

Read the full article on page 12 here: The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) – Partner news: Issue 43 (Summer 2020)

Are the best universities producing the best engineers?

Article by Tereza Pultarova, E&T


“Not only do they have that extra, relevant interest but also the interview inevitably ends up being about an area where they are experts, rather than the other way around.”

The university’s students, [Gordana] Collier says, are regularly invited to apply for jobs at Ferrari, and frequently succeed at interviews with Mercedes HPP, BMW or Renault F1.

The university doesn’t see Formula Student as a ‘side-project’, but an integral part of the teaching and development of its students,” says Collier. “This means people land from day one wanting to be part of something special and to make a difference.”

Read the full article here.