A team of 16 students and staff from the Dublin Institute of Technology are preparing to travel to the motor racing circuit at Silverstone in England to compete in Formula Student.

The competition will see the team pitted against more than 100 others from around Europe, who have all designed, manufactured, built and tested their own single-seat racing cars.

The mostly final-year students have been building their car since last September.

Most of the parts have been manufactured by the students, with the assistance of DIT staff. The work also counted towards their course marks.

The Formula Student competition is a Europe-wide contest where over 100 teams from across Europe build their own cars.

Those cars are then assessed by a team of automotive industry experts on a wide variety of static and dynamic metrics.

These include an assessment of the design of the car including its weight, reliability, speed and ease of maintenance.

The students must also present the car to an imaginary board of a company that may want to invest in the manufacture of the car.

The car is then put through a series of dynamic tests, including an acceleration test, figure of 8, a sprint and a 22km endurance test.

According to Bill Reddington, lecturer in the School of Manufacturing and Design Engineering at DIT, the standard of the engineering increases every year.

He said the contest is first and foremost a learning experience for the students involved.

From the college's point of view it gives staff an opportunity to let students put into practice the skills they learn in the classroom in a fun and challenging way.

The annual cost of the project is around €30,000. The team receives a small amount of sponsorship and the rest comes from the college.

The team completed testing at Mondello Park racing circuit in Kildare and will travel to England later this week.

Formula Student takes place in Silverstone racing circuit between the 4 and 7 July.

You can track the DIT team's progress at www.facebook.com/formuladit