What is USM?
We are the University of Strathclyde Motorsport team, USM. Competing in a global engineering and racing series called Formula Student, each year our students design, build with our bare hands and race our very own racecar! Yes, that's right, we really are a fully student-run racing team! We are now also one of the longest running teams in the UK, and this year will be competing in our 15th year of competition, heading to Silverstone and Hockenheim in the summer. Check out the video montage at the top of the page, looking back at 15 years of motorsport at the University of Strathclyde.
Over the years we've grown and grown into a multidisciplinary team. We now have students involved from all over the Strathclyde campus: from Mechanical, Aerospace, Product Design and Electrical Engineering as well as Business departments and more. We're super proud to now be in our 15th year of the Class 1 competition, that means we're building our 15th completely new racecar right now!
How can you help us?
Managed, designed, built and eventually raced all by students...USM is a massive project to take on alongside our studies. Every year we rely on the generous support from our industry sponsors and you fans to help us develop and move forward. Whether it's helping us purchase new tools and equipment, or even upgraded parts for our car, you can help us to compete at the highest level.
There are several key areas where your support will benefit the team this year and this is what our £1,000 target will go towards: Track testing, Competition logistics, Driving and Pit equipment.
For your support, we're offering you the chance to get your name printed on a real racecar, which we'll proudly showcase on the track this summer. You can also grab yourself a special edition USM 15th anniversary T-shirt, a commemorative plaque and an invite to our launch night at the end of May, where we'll unveil the product of all this hard work. You can help us to get there...join us to celebrate the big 15!
Check out the following video from one of our most recent competitions to see what all this hard work and support goes towards during the summer:
Follow the progress on USM15!
Right now, the team is getting ready to hit the track very soon with manufacture of the new car progressing well! Team members have been working round the clock to get the car complete and we are currently assembling various systems like our suspension, wheels, powertrain and electronics to our hand-crafted steel chassis. We are scheduled to showcase the completed USM15 on 29/05/15...watch this space!