Formula Trinity is Trinity College’s Dublin entry to the international Formula Student competition (FSAE). The team was founded in August 2017 by undergraduate engineers but has expanded to include over 80 undergraduates and postgraduates from multiple schools within the University. The students proudly represent student engineering and initiative with all the organisation, structure and work coming from within the students. All members are volunteers, the project being an extra-curricular activity which members invest their personal time into. In 2019 the team finished 2nd place in the Concept Class category and plan to have the University’s first race car complete for the 2020 competition.
Formula Student (FSAE) was founded in the University of Texas thirty-nine years ago, by a student branch of the local Society of Automotive Engineers, when their local circuit racing events became financially unfeasible. Almost four decades later, the competition is overseen by the International SAE, with smaller organisations running competitions around the world, and is now the most prestigious international engineering and design competition at third level.
University teams must design, build, test and pitch a formula style race car under a fast pace and demanding environment. Over 400 universities take part in the events around the world, with over 12,000 students participating annually.
The competition aims to produce undergraduates with hands on experience in engineering and management roles through the many elements that come into making a successful team. Teams conduct their own research, design, manufacture, testing and fund raising. Formula Student UK is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and held in Silverstone racetrack every summer.