The competition forms part of a degree-level project and is viewed by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, transitioning them from university to the workplace. It gives the students real-world engineering experience, combining practical engineering experience with soft skills including business planning and project management. Each year, Formula Student sees over 100 university teams from around the globe travel to Silverstone to compete in static and dynamic events that will test their preparation, skills and hard work.
All four LOCTITE-sponsored university teams finished in top 20 positions at this year’s competition, which took place 6-10 July at Silverstone. The University of Southampton, University of Hertfordshire, University of Bath and University of Sheffield finished 9th, 12th, 15th and 17th place in the overall standings, with all achieving top 10 results in individual disciplines.
The University of Southampton, which entered its very first electric car in 2022, not only took a highly creditable 9th place overall, but finished 3rd in the design competition and 4th in the cost discipline. The University of Hertfordshire was not far behind, finishing 12th overall, a result built on success in categories such as cost (5th), business presentation plan (6th) and design (10th). Finishing 15th overall was the University of Bath, supported by highly noteworthy finishes in the design competition (6th) and cost category (7th). Also managing a top 20 finish was the University of Sheffield, which was 17th overall, supported by an impressive 8th place in the design competition.
LOCTITE and TEROSON products for bonding, sealing and coating were used on all four cars to help to increase performance, durability, structural bonding, and aerodynamics. In addition, the teams deployed myriad LOCTITE thread-locking adhesives, gasket sealants, retaining compounds and cleaning products, all of which contributed to a highly successful Formula Student 2022. Plans and developments are already underway for the 2023 race cars.
Students from all four engineering teams now have an increased knowledge of Henkel’s products, technologies, and applications. This knowledge will stay with them as they progress into their chosen engineering careers, and they know who to contact if they need a solution. Adhesive Technologies will make it happen!