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UCL Racing Team

Formula Student

Formula Student (fondly referred to as FS) is an annual competition hosted by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers where university students are challenged to design and build a fully functional racecar. The competition has been held in England since 1999, and welcomes participants from all over the world. Heavily tied to industry, FS is “Europe’s most established engineering competition.” The cars are evaluated by experienced industry specialists in a total of nine criteria split into static and dynamic testing. The static events include design, cost, business presentation and scrutineering. The dynamic events test a car's acceleration, sprint, endurance, fuel economy and execution of a figure-8.

The UCL FS team is currently hard at work improving on last year's design and developing a new car for this year's competition. With lots of departmental and industrial support, and excellent leadership, the UCL FS team provides an outstanding opportunity to launch your career in motorsport.


Shell Eco-Marathon

The Shell Eco-marathon is less focused on speed, and more on extreme energy-efficiency. Over the course of a few days, each team makes several attempts to travel as many miles as possible on the equivalent of one litre of fuel. The cars are driven around a track at a set speed, and the organisers calculate their energy efficiency.

For at least a few days, your dreams of sustainable motoring can be lived. With the experience you gain, you can turn those days into the future.



The UAS team makes an unmanned aircraft system under IMechE Regulations. The aircraft should be able to autonomously take-off, navigate predefined waypoints, deliver payloads on target, and safely land. With autonomy and unmanned aerial systems becoming increasingly common, the UAS team is paving the way for a future full of technology that truly makes our lives easier.



The HydroContest is a global naval architecture competition, in which teams from around the world compete in a number of races with the goal of improving naval efficiency. The competition champions not only innovation, but also speed and design. The UCL HydroContest team is focused on improving boating technologies, and designed a brand new lightweight (LWT) catamaran along with a modified version of the 2016 heavyweight (HWT) trimaran containing a new central hull for the 2017 competition. Compared to the 2016 equivalent, the lightweight catamaran showed a resistance decrease of 50% while the heavyweight trimaran has shown a reduction of 35%,as a result of Using MaxSurf and QinetiQ’s towing tank.

By developing and improving naval technology, students from UCL Mechanical Engineering are helping to change naval transport from one of the most environmentally damaging industries into one with a greatly reduced carbon footprint.