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Formula Student

13 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018 13 Jul 2018 08:00 15 Jul 2018 18:00 Europe/London Formula Student Over 128 universities from 30+ countries will compete to design, build and race a formula racing car, providing undergraduates with invaluable experience as they begin their engineering career. Silverstone Circuit

33Days 5Hours

Formula Student Overview

Advance ticket sales are now closed and tickets are now only available for purchase on the gates at On The Day prices. There is no ticket collection for this event so all tickets will be posted. 

Formula Student (FS) is the world’s largest student engineering design competition. FSUK attracts entries from around the world, including USA, Australia, India, Canada and the Far East, as well as a wealth of European teams. Entrants will compete to design, build and race a formula racing car – providing undergraduates with invaluable experience as they begin their engineering career.

FS showcases the best and brightest mechanical engineering talent, with graduates regularly filling roles in organisations such as Ferrari, Williams Grand Prix Engineering, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, ExxonMobil and Bosch.

As a spectator experience, FS gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some phenomenal combustion engines and electric single seater racing cars built entirely by students who just might go on to design, build or race the F1 cars of the future.

2018 is the 20th anniversary of the competition and sees the launch of an autonomous vehicle class, FS-AI.

Full competition details are available on the Formula Student website here

Ticket Prices

Advance ticket sales are now closed and tickets are now only available for purchase on the gates at On The Day prices. There is no ticket collection for this event so all tickets will be posted. 


On The Day

Adult Member Adult Child* Adult Child*
Friday £9 £10 Free £20 Free
Saturday £13.50 £15 Free £25 Free
Sunday £13.50 £15 Free £25 Free
3 Day Weekend £25 £28 Free Free

*Children aged 15 & under


  • Free roving grandstand seating
  • Access to the Formula Student paddock
  • Free Parking
  • Garage tours available
  • Live commentary
  • Children 15 & under can attend for FREE

The Challenge

Taking part in Formula Student gives each participants the chance to demonstrate their technical, engineering design, and manufacturing skills.

Each team is tasked to produce a prototype for a single-seat race car for autocross or sprint racing, and present it to a hypothetical manufacturing firm. The car must be low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable, with high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling qualities. During the competition eacj team must demonstrate the logic behind your proposal and must be able to demonstrate that it can support a viable business model for both parties.

Each team also goes through a rigorous testing process with the car:

Static Events:

  • Design, Cost and Sustainability, and Business Presentation Judging
  • Technical and Safety Scrutineering
  • Tilt Test
  • Brake and Noise Test

Dynamic Events:

  • Skid Pad (Figure of 8)
  • Sprint
  • Acceleration
  • Endurance
  • Fuel Economy

Fun Facts

Formula Student is now in it’s 20th year and over the weekend there are:

  • 3000+ students
  • 5000+ attendees
  • 250+ industry professionals
  • 128 teams from 25 different countries including the US, Africa, Asia and a wealth of European teams

FSUK’s first ever British winner, Cardiff University plus 2017 runner up Birmingham University, will go up against the winning Universities from the past 20 years in the main competition! The weekend will also feature a special ‘Race of Champions’ feature event.

The 2017 competition attracted teams from over 20 countries, with well over 2000 students descending on Silverstone Circuit for four days of motorsport, music and (organised) mayhem! Come and join them and our Sponsors to see the next generation of top, professional engineers take to the track!

Full competition details are available on the Formula Student website here.



  • Will Silverstone share my data?

    Silverstone Circuits Limited would like to share your contact details with the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) who are the Organisers of Formula Student. Please tick the box at the point of purchasing your tickets if you are happy to do this. IMechE will contact you via email with information about future Formula Student events.


    Please call 0844 3728 232 for further information or view the Accessibility section of our website here.


    Yes, you can get into the National Paddock.


    Guided garage tours will be available on Saturday and Sunday mornings, subject to availability. Meeting place and time to be confirmed closer to the event.


    Ticket dispatch starts four – six weeks before the event but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event.


    General admission tickets provide access to all spectator areas, including roving seating in Copse C Grandstand on Saturday and Sunday – available on a first come first served basis.


    There will be a giant screen facing the Copse banking and Copse Grandstand on Saturday and Sunday

  • Are there any cash machines on site?

    There is a cash machine located in the Pit Stop Cafe – please note that this machine charges for cash withdrawals.

  • Which credit/debit cards do you accept?

    We accept most major credit and debit cards with the exception of American Express and Diners Club cards.

  • Can you purchase Silverstone merchandise at the event?

    Yes, the Silverstone Hub sell a variety of official Silverstone merchandise which will be open during the weekend. Alternatively buy online in advance to avoid disappointment!

  • Can you purchase suncream/ batteries/ plasters/ films/ camera and medicines etc onsite?

    Yes, Silverstone merchandise shops sell these essential items. Please download the event map to find their locations (closer to the event).

  • Can I use my pushbike around the circuit?

    Pushbikes are not permitted in the National Paddock at this event but they may be used around the circuit.


    Yes this is possible – please ensure that the staff at the gate stamp your hand as you leave the circuit. Re entry to the site will only be permitted if the person has their hand stamped and is in possession of a valid ticket for the event. Please review the timetable to check last re-entry times each day.

  • Can I take photos?

    Photographic equipment, mobile telephones and other private communication devices are permitted within the venue provided that they are for personal and private non commercial purposes.

  • When will my tickets be dispatched?

    Ticket despatch starts four to six weeks prior to the Event but tickets may be sent out up to a week before the Event.


    Ticket despatch starts four to six weeks before the event, but tickets may be sent out anytime up until one week prior to the event. You will receive your tickets in advance either via First Class Royal Mail post or APC courier delivery. If you have not received your tickets please contact 0844 3750 740.

  • My ticket confirmation has my old delivery address on it, what should i do?

    Please forward the confirmation email to us on detailing your new address and a daytime contact number. We will then arrange for tickets to be despatched to your new address.

  • Do children need a ticket?

    Yes, children aged 15 and under will need a ticket for entry to the venue. Please ensure that you select the number of child tickets you require at the time of purchasing. One adult can accompany a maximum of four children. If you have any questions please call the Contact Centre on 0844 3750 740.

  • Can I purchase a ticket at the gate?

    Yes you can – we highly recommend buying in advance to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of the best ticket prices.

  • Where can I park/travel options?

    To ensure your visit to Silverstone runs as smoothly as possible please ensure you leave plenty of time for your journey and to make the most of your day.

    Parking onsite is free, please follow signs for public parking and take directions from our parking stewards.

    The nearest mainline train stations are Milton Keynes and Northampton. please check connecting bus services in order to ensure you arrive at Silverstone at a convenient time. Alternatively taxi journeys are approximately 30 minutes from these stations to Silverstone.

  • Where is the nearest train station?

    Silverstone is situated between three stations; Northampton, Milton Keynes and Banbury. They are all approximately 30 minutes from Silverstone.

  • Where can blue badge holders park?

    There are a number of disabled parking areas available, please call 0844 3728 232 for more information.

  • What time do gates open?

    8am each day.

  • What time do car parks open?

    Car parks open up to half an hour before Circuit Gate Opening Times. Please note that this is subject to change.

  • How much does it cost to park?

    Parking is free for this event.

  • Do I need a parking permit for my motorcycle?

    Parking for motorcycles is free and a permit is not required to park.

  • Can I camp at Silverstone?

    There are no camping facilities at Silverstone for this event, the nearest campsite is Whittlebury Park. Please contact Whittlebury Park on 01327 850 000.

  • Food & Drink

    We have a wide range of vendors to suite all tastes, serving a variety of traditional hot snacks including burgers, fish and chips, jacket potatoes, pies, paninis and of course vegetarian food. There are also a number of licensed bars serving beer and other refreshments.

    Please kindly note that glass bottles are not permitted within the circuit at any time and you will be asked to leave any at the gates should you try to bring them in.


    Silverstone Circuits Ltd and the police have a zero tolerance policy to illegal substances. The dealing in or use of illegal drugs is not condoned by Silverstone Circuits Ltd. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site as anywhere else in the country. Police officers and security guards will be onsite and will deal with drug offences in accordance with national guidelines. Neither anti-social nor illegal behaviour will be tolerated. You may be searched at the entrance. Any items which the organisers consider may be used in an illegal or offensive manner will be confiscated. Persons suspected of carrying out illegal and/or offensive activities onsite may be searched. Offenders will be escorted off the site, and refused re-admission.


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