A flagship undergraduate teaching project at Imperial College London

"Imperial Racing Green is a flagship interdisciplinary teaching project at Imperial College London. It involves undergraduate students in designing, making, testing and racing, zero emission racing cars."

It has three aims:

  • Delivering vehicles with competition and event winning potential
  • Developing cutting edge technology of an international standard with far reaching impact
  • To inspire and train the next generation of engineers to be leaders and innovators in the technologies that are relevant for our future

In doing this, undergraduate engineers get involved in developing vehicles based around hydrogen fuel cell, battery electric, and various hybrid technologies.

Achievements to date have involved

The team have entered multiple vehicles in Formula Student, the flagship international race series organised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, with over 100 vehicles entered each year. Our latest success was winning the Class 2 design category in 2013 with EV2, the vehicle which will be racing in 2014. Read the full story.

The team raced in world's first H2 fuel cell race series in Rotterdam in 2008 with a fuel cell supercapacitor hybrid go-kart, entering the most reliable vehicle and coming 3rd overall. Read the history.

Undergraduate students are working on the same challenges as industry, many in collaborations with industry partner & sponsors. This has resulted in students being involved or contributing to 3 peer reviewed journal papers to date.

The project has indirectly led to novel IP, with 2 patents filed on technologies that would not have happened without the project.

The fuel cell system developed by the team for future vehicles was recently showcased on the BBC in the summer of 2013, appearing on primetime breakfast television and Blue Peter. Read the full story.

Graduates from the race teams over the years are working in many automotive and motorsport companies, including Formula ONE teams and major automotive OEMS

The Racing Green Endurance Team, a spin-off sister project formed by Racing Green graduates built an all-electric supercar based upon a Radical SR8 Supersport, and drove it 26,000km from Alaska to Argentina on the Pan-American Highway, which was made into a 6 part BBC documentary series, in order to demonstrate the viability of electric vehicles. Find out more about this.

Our sister team, IC+, the colleges electric motorbike team, raced in the Isle of Man TT zero in June 2013, coming 7th and finishing a historic lap of the island with an average speed of 72 mph. Read the full story.

Recent team history

Imperial Racing Green was formed in 2011 from Racing Green and IC Racing bringing together the history and pedigree of two teams. Since 2011 the team have focussed on developed their next battery electric vehicle for Formula Student, which is called EV2 and is an evolution and adaptation of the 2012 Formula Student vehicle IC06.

The car has two main design philosophies, that reliability is King and simplicity is Queen, resulting in the team winning the Design Prize in 2013 for the concept and design of the vehicle. The team are now trying to convert the Judges approval into a working and reliable vehicle for entry into the competition in 2014.

Imperial Racing Green is mostly based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, with the involvement of Aeronautical Engineering and Electrical and Electronic Engineering this year. In previous years Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials, Earth Science Engineering, Computing, and Bioengineering Departments have been involved.

Energy is one of Imperial College’s key research themes and Imperial Racing Green is supported by the high calibre research activities in the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, the Centre for Environmental Policy and the Energy Futures Lab.