Biggest ever international Formula Student event at Silverstone

Specialist events agency Goose Live Events delivered the largest ever international Formula Student event at Silverstone from 14th to 17th July 2016, attended by over 3,500 engineering undergraduates from all over the world.

The Surrey-based corporate and public events agency, which also owns and manages the Silverstone Classic, organised the event on behalf of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for the ninth year running. In 2016 the event was bigger than ever before with over 120 teams registered, representing 31 countries and brought top engineers of the future to the home of British motor racing.

Backed by industry and high profile engineers including Patron Ross Brawn OBE, the main aim of the annual competition is to inspire and develop enterprising young engineers from leading universities across the globe.

Entrants are challenged in teams to conceive, design, build, cost and present and compete a small single-seat racing car in a series of static and dynamic competitions throughout the four-day competition.

The team at Goose Live Events were contracted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, promoters of the competition, to manage all elements of the pre-event planning and co-ordinate the logistics of the world-renowned event. Responsibilities included appointing suppliers, managing security and health and safety, creating judging schedules and signage, supervising the site and dynamic track layouts, marshalling and other event-management duties.

Neil Carr-Jones, Senior Event Manager at Goose responsible for the project comments: “We are very proud to play an integral part in an event which challenges and discovers the top engineers of the future. Most Formula 1 Grand Prix teams employ Formula Student engineering graduates and many alumni volunteer every year to assist in the judging or technical scrutineering as a mark of appreciation for what this competition has done for them in expanding their career opportunities.

“Organising the logistics of an event such as Formula Student is no mean feat but we find it immensely rewarding to be involved,” he adds.

This year, the Formula Student competition was won by a team from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

The top British team was Bath University who came fourth in the competition. They will be invited to display their Formula Student 2016 car at the Silverstone Classic which runs from the 29th to 31st July.

About Formula Student

Formula Student, devised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is a high performance engineering project that is highly valued by universities all over the world and usually forms part of a degree-level project. It is viewed by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, transitioning them from university to the workplace. Formula Student is the Kitemark for real-world engineering experience and the leading European competition for undergraduates who want hands-on experience in an innovative racing team.

About Goose Live Events

Goose Live Events is a dynamic live events agency based in Surrey, UK, with over ten years’ experience in corporate and public events.  Goose has an extensive portfolio of corporate clients, including AstraZeneca, Bentley Motors, Costa, Harley-Davidson, Lamborghini, Unilever, Syngenta, Mondi plc and Luxottica. In addition to delivering a range of live events and conferences for its corporate clients, Goose Live Events also owns and manages Silverstone Classic, the world’s biggest classic motoring festival which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2015. Other public events managed by Goose Live Events include the Regent Street Motor Show, the UK’s largest free-to-view motor show, and the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the longest running motoring event in the world.

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