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UCLan unveil eco-challenge car ambition

18 March 2014

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Students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are competing in a national competition to design, build and race a single seat electric car.

Students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are competing in a national competition to design, build and race a single seat electric car.

Mechanical and electronic engineering students at UCLan have entered the Greenpower challenge IET Formula 24+ competition where students aged 16 – 25 manufacture a car using just a standard motor and one set of batteries.

The scope of the competition is to build the most efficient electric car to travel for 60 minutes in the quickest time possible.

The Greenpower challenge is run by the Greenpower Education Trust which provides young people with a unique opportunity to gain a hands-on insight into the engineering industry.

Students at UCLan have already finalised the body design of their car and are currently carrying out a computer analysis of the 3D model to allow them to analyse the aerodynamics.

The car’s components, made up of various advanced composite materials, will be manufactured by the students in UCLan’s engineering workshop using cutting edge technology and manufacturing processes

Tony Broad, senior lecturer at the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, said: “This ‘live’ project has brought together students from both mechanical and electronic engineering courses and is providing them with valuable transferable skills that can be applied in future employment.

“UCLan has a proven track record when it comes to students securing sought-after jobs in the industry; former graduates have gone on to work at Jaguar Land Rover, Formula 1 and Triumph Engineering.”

“UCLan has a proven track record when it comes to students securing sought-after jobs in the industry; former graduates have gone on to work at Jaguar Land Rover, Formula 1 and Triumph Engineering.”

UCLan eco car CAD

Huddersfield-based DTBS and Cambridge-based Camcontec have already signed up to sponsor the UCLan in the challenge.

DTBS, a bespoke CNC cutting service, has supported a range of UCLan student projects over the years and approached the university about sponsorship opportunities having been a keen supporter of the university’s fuel efficiency projects and initiatives.

Camcontec, focused on the core research and development of the Camcon® Binary Actuator - a new class of digital valve technology - is home to former UCLan engineering student, Tom Glenday, who has kept in touch with the university about potential partnerships since graduating.

Tony added: “It’s fantastic that we already have two well respected businesses sponsoring the project and the fact that both of these actively sought out the opportunity to support the university is a real testament to the relationships the university maintains with businesses in the industry.

“We are hoping to attract further support and urge local companies to get in touch if they want to get behind this exciting initiative.”

The competition’s quarter and semi-finals take place between July and September and successful finalists will compete in the Grand Final at Goodwood Race Circuit in October.