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ECU Motorsport Team to take on the world at Silverstone

Monday, 11 July 2016


After thousands of hours in the workshop and a 19 hour flight to the hallowed Silverstone Racetrack, the ECU Motorsport Team’s latest car is ready to take on the world at the UK Formula Student competition.

Having placed 12th out of 100 teams at the competition in 2014, the ECU team are hoping to do even better with their new car in 2016.

Dubbed ‘Habibi’ in honour of School of Engineering Head Professor Daryoush Habibi, the car is powered by a four cylinder Honda motorcycle engine, with a completely redesigned engine block and gearbox.

The Formula Student event includes a skidpad test (figure of 8), a 1km sprint, a 75m acceleration test and a 22km endurance run.

Points are also awarded for engineering design, cost and sustainability and a business presentation.

Preparation is vital

School of Engineering motorsport engagement coordinator, John Hurney said both the car, and the team, were better prepared than in 2014.

“2014 was the first year we had gone to Silverstone and the car we took wasn’t running as well as we would have liked in the lead-up,” he said.

“This time, not only is the car running very smoothly, about a third of the team have been there before so they know what to expect.

“We are aiming for a top 10 finish.”

The Formula Student UK event takes place from 14 to 17 July.

Habibi specs

  • Engine power: 90 horsepower
  • Engine size: 600cc
  • Weight: 180kg (dry)
  • 0-100kmh: 3.5 seconds

If you’re interested in studying Motorsport at ECU, visit our Engineering and Technology web page.

Here you’ll find information about this and related courses, including videos and galleries about our facilities, our students and our lecturers.


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