Motorsports Workshops


UCLan possesses a dedicated workshop to support its motorsport programmes, catering for race cars, eco cars and a superbike race team.


Motorsports (cars)

This main workshop allows students to compete in the following events; Formula Ford, Formula Student and the Shell Mileage Marathon. All activities are very much student-centred, with the Formula Ford team for example consisting entirely of students apart from one member of technical support staff. Although the object of all activities is student experience, the teams have nevertheless met with considerable success. The Formula Ford team for example has achieved the following results:

  • Championship Winners 2012, 2010
  • Festival Winners 2006, 2002
  • Numerous individual race wins and podiums. The most recent championship positions are 2nd in 2013, 3rd in 2014, 3rd in 2015
The Formula Student team have broken the mould of tubular steel chassis cars by building a monocoque carbon fibre car. UCLan students carry out the vast majority of work themselves with assistance from technicians. The premise is the same with all such activities, the aim is to gain real design and production experience.

Championship winners

Students supporting UCLan racing car at a Formula Ford race meet


Students dowloading race data

Students supporting UCLan racing car at a Formula Ford race meet

Carbon fibre Formula Student car

Formula Student body plug for mould creation

Motorsports (Eco vehicles)

The Shell Eco Marathon is a worldwide competition run by Shell for students to design, make and compete to find the most fuel efficient vehicle in the world. The uclan team made up of 1st and 2nd year Engineering undergraduates have designed and built a petrol prototype car which can achieve over 1300 miles per gallon and are currently manufacturing an electric powered urban concept car. The car was built in-house using UCLan’s impressive modern manufacturing workshops.

Both cars will compete this year in 2016 in London against 200 other UK and European Universities, the teams aim is to improve on their top 20 position in the competition.


The university also competes in the Greenpower Challenge; a national competition for teams from industry and education. It’s a battery electric car designed and manufactured at the university. The car competes in one hour endurance races where it must use it’s battery power efficiently to travel the furthest distance. The car has twice won the ‘Best Engineered Car’ as voted by judges from industry.



Shell Mileage Marathon team 
The Shell Mileage Marathon prototype car

Rotterdam 2014 Mileage Marathon car

Rotterdam 2014 Mileage Marathon team

Greenpower electric eco car 
Greenpower electric eco car student team

Motorsports (superbike)

This brand new workshop will offer students the opportunity to experience competition in the Thunderbike championship with a Yamaha R6.

This bike is currently being race prepared by staff and students.

3D scanning a race motorcycle

Motorcycle dynamometer

Key equipment available

Motorcycle Dynamometer
MIG/TIG welding
Snap-on Tooling
Car lifts and hoists
Suspension dynamometer
Race truck with tail lift
CAD suite

Industry Support (IGA work)

Motorcycle Dynamometer Testing

Contact Staff

Nick Johnson | Senior Technician | Formula Ford race team
+44 (0)1772 89 3359 | Wharf Building, WB014

Simon Hindle | Technician | Engine Tuning
+44 (0)1772 89 3352 | Wharf Building, WB101

Tony Broad | Academic | Mileage Marathon cars

LIS Customer Support Team
+44 (0)1772 89 5355


Wharf Building WB014

Opening Times, Guides and Charges

Official workshop hours are: 9:30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16:30 (in practice technicians are often available outside of these times).


Formula Ford: UCLan Racing