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UCLan students gear up for world’s largest student motorsport competition

08 July 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Students building car to race against 114 teams from 38 different countries at Formula Student 2014

Engineering students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are on track for the world’s biggest student motorsport competition at Silverstone from 9-13 July.

The competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, is the world’s largest student motorsport event and challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year.

UCLan’s team, comprising of 37 undergraduate and Masters motor sports engineering students, will join 113 teams from across the globe in competing at the home of British motorsport.

Their single seater car consists of a carbon-fibre chassis and an Aprilia RVX engine, which is compact and light weight and provides an ideal balance of power and cost.

Joel Allison, Lecturer in Engineering, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for all the students involved to apply and showcase everything they have learned whilst at UCLan. This year’s team has mastered many new skills such as the manufacture of a carbon-fibre chassis, which is a first for the University. The students are currently putting the final touches to the car and are hopeful of achieving a great result at Silverstone. All those involved with the cars build should be very proud of their achievement.”

The team has been sponsored by Paul Bird Motorsport, FUCHS Silkolene, IN Competition, Tygavac Advanced Materials Ltd and DTBS.

"It’s brilliant to see teams like UCLan competing in Formula Student 2014 – it shows that the competition remains one of the most important learning experiences for those aiming to combine their studies with exposure to a real world engineering project"

 

UCLan will be one of 61 teams from UK universities, up from 47 last year. For the first time, teams from China, Ecuador and Jordan will compete, as well as teams from as far afield as South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, Canada and India.

Ross Brawn, former Team Principal of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, is also returning as competition patron.

Dozens of Formula Student alumni have progressed to Formula 1, and hundreds more are now working at the world’s largest automotive firms helping to design and engineer the cars of tomorrow.

Jon Hilton, Chairman of Formula Student said: “It’s brilliant to see teams like UCLan competing in Formula Student 2014 – it shows that the competition remains one of the most important learning experiences for those aiming to combine their studies with exposure to a real world engineering project.

“Formula Student is a global competition and we want to continue to encourage brilliant young engineers from across the globe to improve their practical skills and get ready to play their part in the vibrant worldwide engineering community.

“The innovation demonstrated by these young engineers gets more impressive every time and I’m extremely excited to see what they have in store for us this year.”

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