Firm backs engineers of the future

Corby company RS Components is supporting engineers of the future by sponsoring six university teams taking part in the annual Formula Student competition.

The global contest aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers by challenging them to design and build a single-seat racing car. From today (Monday, July 9) until Wednesday, July 11, students will be put to the test on and off the track at Silverstone racetrack .

They will be demonstrating their understanding of engineering and their vehicle’s performance.

RS, in Birchington Road, Corby, has donated a range of products to six of the university teams taking part, including Birmingham, Sussex; Oxford Brookes, Strathclyde, Hertford and Coventry.

Sam Edwards, from the company, said: “The motorsports industry regards Formula Student as setting the standard for engineering students around the globe.

“RS is extremely proud to support six of the teams taking part in what is a really tough competition. The challenge is usually part of their degree course so it brings engineering to life in an engaging yet realistic way. Part of this means sourcing products from RS, something they are likely to be doing on a daily basis when they enter the world of work.”

Teams are given a brief by Formula Student which asks them to produce a prototype car for evaluation. Students are examined on technical skills used to make the car, as well as management, marketing and people skills needed at all stages of the design and development process.