Coventry University’s Phoenix Racing team has recorded its highest ever result of eighth in the UK in the prestigious Formula Student competition.
The team finished in 14th place overall in the international contest after a tough three days of competition at the famous Silverstone racing circuit.
It was the culmination of 10 months of hard work for the motorsport engineering students, who designed, costed and built the single-seater racing car from scratch themselves.
The Silverstone competition featured a series of driving challenges on the famous track, including an endurance and acceleration race.
And the students also faced vehicle tests, technical judging and had to deliver presentations on the design, manufacturing, business case and budget.
They were in the Silverstone garages working on their vehicle from 7am until 11pm each day of the competition.
And it all paid off as their highest place finishes in the individual categories included ninth in the acceleration competition and 11th in the endurance race.
The team had a budget of £25,000, a fraction of money spent by some of the international teams.
They also received sponsorship and support from a range of local and international companies, including Bosch UK.
Many of the students who were involved as part of their final year degree project have already secured graduate roles at leading automotive companies.
The event, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, was won by Monash University, from Melbourne, Australia. A total of 81 vehicles from universities from around the world took part in Coventry University’s class of the competition, with more than 40 universities from the UK racing.