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Engineering students get a taste of Formula 1 racing

20 December 2012

Lyndsey Boardman

Competition winners rewarded with a Williams F1 factory tour

Engineering students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been given a taste of Formula 1 racing with a tour around the Williams F1 factory.

The group of 13 students spent the day with Jason Somerville, Head of Aerodynamics at Williams F1, who gave them a behind the scenes look at Williams’ design and manufacturing facilities.    

The second year students were the winners of the UCLan ‘Scrap Heap Challenge’ rocket powered car race which took place in October.  The class was split into teams of five and given six hours of workshop time to create their own cars that can be attached to rockets and raced at around 30mph.  The winning team was rewarded with the factory tour after their six wheeled car beat the others across a series of heats, semi-finals and final.

"We haven’t done anything like this before and it’s been great to apply the foundations from the first year to a live project and gain valuable experience in the workshop.”

Speaking at the race event winning team member Scott Plumtree said: “We’re pleased with our car that was built with stability in mind.  We haven’t done anything like this before and it’s been great to apply the foundations from the first year to a live project and gain valuable experience in the workshop.”

During their visit the students were also treated to a visit to the Williams Museum, which houses a running car from every year that Williams has participated in the Formula 1 World Championship, many of which are Championship winners.