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Formula Student

21 Jul 2017 - 23 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 08:00 23 Jul 2017 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

23Days 15Hours


Formula Student is the world’s largest student engineering competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. FSUK attracts entries from around the world, including Africa and Asia, as well as a wealth of European teams.

128 universities from 25 countries will compete to design, build and race a formula racing car, providing undergraduates with invaluable experience as they begin their engineering career.

Formula Student showcases the best and brightest mechanical engineering talent, with graduates regularly filling roles in organisations such as Ferrari, Mahle Powertrains and Bosch. As a spectator experience, Formula Student gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some phenomenal machines built entirely by students, who just might go on to design, build or race the Formula 1™ cars of the future.

Full competition details are available on the Formula Student website here

2017 will see the 20th Formula Student competition to be held in the UK.  The competition has been at Silverstone since 2007, making 2017, the 10th anniversary of the event being held at the home of British Motor Racing!

Ticket Prices

We recommend booking your tickets in advance to benefit from the cheapest prices.


On The Day

Child* Adult Child*
Friday £10 Free £20 Free
Saturday £15 Free £25 Free
Sunday £15 Free £25 Free
Weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) £28 Free Free
Caterham Drift Experience Sessions** £29 £29 £35 £35

*Children aged 15 & under
**must be aged 18+ and have held a full manual licence for at least 1 year. Saturday & Sunday only


  • Free roving grandstand seating
  • Free Paddock Access
  • Free Parking
  • Live commentary
  • Children 15 & under can attend for FREE

Race Details

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 Africa, Asia and a wealth of European teams

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

Fun Facts

The 2016 competition attracted teams from over 30 countries, with well over 3000 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!

FSUK regularly attracts top teams from the Formula Student World Rankings and 2017 is no different, with all eyes on the UK’s very own Team Bath Racing (IC WR: 5) as they look to secure their inaugural 1st place win!

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

Caterham Drift Taster Sessions

Ready to get behind the wheel of a 165bhp Caterham and put your drifting skills to the test? We’ll ease you in gently with a demo from a professional racing driver before you go it alone. Here’s how the Caterham Drift taster runs:

Caterham - entertainment thumbnail• Driver safety briefing
• Demo by professional race driver
• Driver Session – Drift Course – learn to control the car during 3 practise runs followed by your timed competitive run, can you be the best ?

Caterham Drift taster sessions will be available* at a discounted rate of £29 per person when booking in advance!

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*available to anyone aged 18 and above. Sunday only.





    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.


    There will be guided garage tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 09:00, subject to availability. Meeting place for garage tours is at the Information Point underneath Race Control.


    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 the Copse C Grandstand on Saturday and Sunday on a first come first served basis.


    There are no giant screens at this event.

  • 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, Silverstone shops sell a variety of merchandise! The Paddock Shop 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).

  • Paddock Café/Media Café opening times

    The Pit Stop Café will be open at the following times:

    Friday: 07:30 – 20:00
    Saturday: 07:30 – 20:00
    Sunday: 07:30 – 19:00

  • 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 (with the exception of the British Grand Prix and MotoGP), 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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