Formula Student road to Silverstone explored in new 1823 Podcast

In this episode, we find out more about the Formula Student competition, as well as discussing the challenges around the transition to electric vehicles

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Intrepid engineering students (and soon to be graduates) are hoping to become the first LJMU team to get an electric racing car around the world-famous Formula 1 track at Silverstone in July.

Dr Christian Matthews from the School of Engineering is guiding and advising the team taking part in this year’s Formula Student competition.

In a special edition of the LJMU 1823 Podcast: The road to Silverstone, Christian is joined by LJMU e-Racing Head of Team 2022, MSc student Cameron Reedy, and former Head of Team, Rhian Griffith, who now works as a mechanical engineer at the Small Robot Company.

Listen as they discuss what the Formula Student event is, how their electric motor differs from a traditional internal combustion engine and why being a part of the team is ensuring they are keeping on top of the electric curve. Listen and subscribe to the 1823 Podcast via your favourite podcast platform.  

Recorded in the students’ own workshop located at LJMU’s Byrom Street site, listeners may notice the atmospheric clinking and banging heard in the background of the podcast.

Watch a recording of the podcast on the LJMU YouTube channel.

The discussion also delves into the wider challenges around electric vehicles from safety to battery weight and sustainability. While Cameron and Rhian reflect on how taking part in Formula Student has better prepared them for their engineering careers.

Find out more about LJMU’s Formula Student 2022 team.

Formula Student is Europe’s leading university motorsport competition, which runs from 6 – 10 July.


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