Automotive, Motorsport and Future Transport Engineering

This multi-purpose, industry standard lab facilitates training, research and academic contextualization related to Automotive and Motorsport studies.

The area accommodates a multitude of dedicated instructional sessions to contextualise your academic study, promote innovation and to give practical, first-hand experience in a broad spectrum of Automotive and Motorsport disciplines including Electric vehicle research and development.

As an Automotive & Motorsport Engineering student you will have the opportunity to be involved in many activities and projects such as;

  • Vehicle checks - Carry out a vehicle set up prior to track action and have your set up tested while you’re on board for three hot laps around Oulton park race circuit.
  • The Staffordshire University Racing Team - Preparing, maintaining and running a Formula Renault Carbon Fibre Monocoque racing car in the Monoposto Championship :
  • Emergency experience - Get hands on experience of behind the scenes in case of emergencies with the BARC NW rescue team
  • The Formula Student competition - This brings together about 100 teams from all over the world to design and build a single-seat racing car. Competing teams spend one year designing, building, and testing their cars. Then, at Silverstone, UK, they present their projects to the judges, as well as demonstrate their technical solutions on the racetrack by competing in various static and dynamic events.
  • Formula Student (FS) - Europe's most established educational engineering competition and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018. Backed by industry and high-profile engineers such Patron, Ross Brawn OBE, the competition aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering.


  • Formula Renault, Carbon Fiber Monocoque racing car
  • Ford Fiesta ST track car
  • Quantum Xtreme electric car
  • Formula student racing car
  • AIM Technologies Data Acquisition
  • VBox Data Acquisition
  • Axminster CNC machine
  • Dynostar Chassis Dynamometer
  • Dynostar Engine Dynamometer
  • Intercomp Suspension Dynamometer
  • Intercomp Spring Rate meter
  • Intercomp Corner weight scales
  • Intercomp vehicle dynamic measuring equipment
  • BG Vehicle geometry set up
  • Two post vehicle ramp
  • Comprehensive workshop tools and equipment also catering to electric vehicles
  • Comprehensive testing equipment incl; sound meters, automotive scanners, Pico scopes etc

Formula Student Team unveiling at Swift Motorsport Gallery

Formula Renault, post strip and inspect, with the Team ready for our next race.

Formula student at Silverstone

Students involved in the BARC Training day held at Staffordshire University


Photo of Automotive, Motorsport and Future Transport Engineering


  • K036
  • Dwight Building
  • College Road
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • ST4 2DE

Opening Times

Monday to Friday, general working hours 9.00am-5.00PM

Outside hours, including weekends are subject to prior arrangement and are project dependent.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021