Who are TAU Racing?

TAU (Team Aberdeen University) Racing was established in 2007 by a group of 10 undergraduate engineers of various disciplines at the University of Aberdeen. The team’s goal each year is to design and build a single seat racing car to compete at Silverstone in the Formula Student competition.

The team now has over 50 team members across a variety of sub-teams, from Chassis and Suspension to Engine and Electronics. The society teaches team members to apply engineering methods to a real life engineering project, allowing the students' designs to be manufactured and used on the car. Furthermore, the project demands many interpersonal skills - including team management, effective communication and scheduling.

The project is solely funded by sponsorship raised by the team, which is crucial to remain present and competitive within the competition. TAU Racing continues to build upon the successes of previous years with the aim of maximising our points awarded at the competition each year.

What is Formula Student?

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Formula Student promotes careers and excellence in engineering, by challenging university students to design, build, develop and market a single seat race car.

Formula Student attracts entries from universities all over the World. For the universities, Formula Student represents a valuable project that blends academic work and learning with the development of practical engineering skills. Engineering and Technology companies know just how important the continuing supply of high quality engineers is to their success. FS graduates enter the employment market with a wealth of real experience to prepare them for success in that career.

"We were becoming aware in industry that while universities were turning out young graduates with excellent academic qualifications, they were lacking the sort of essential practical skills that were really needed in industry to be successful engineers - and this is what Formula Student aims to do - deliver young engineers who have got those essential practical experiences and expertise."
Wood CEng - FS Founder, IMechE Fellow

For the purpose of the competition, the students are to assume that a manufacturing firm has engaged them to produce a prototype car for evaluation. The intended sales market is the non professional weekend autocross or sprint racer. Therefore, the car must have very high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling. The car must be cost and fuel efficient, easy to maintain and reliable. Competing teams are judged in both static and dynamic events, with a maximum of 1000 points being awarded as follows.

Static events:

  • Design (150 Points)
  • Cost (100 Points)
  • Presentation  (75 Points)


Dynamic events:

  • Skid Pad (50 Points)
  • Acceleration (75 Points)
  • Autocross (150 Points)
  • Endurance (300 Points)
  • Fuel Economy (100 Points)