Student engineers to race at Silverstone

Silverstone student engineersThe 15 students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town have been staying at the Telford Innovation Campus ahead of the Formula Student competition at Silverstone this weekend.

The single seat racing car has taken a year to build and spent five weeks on a ship to get to the UK.

The students will compete at Formula Student, Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, on Sunday (JUL 13). The competition is run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and challenges students to design and build a racing car to compete in a series of events to test performance and demonstrate their understanding.

The Cape Speed team has been using the University’s engineering facilities at Telford to ensure the car is ready to compete.

Student Mogamad-Shareef Kariem said: “The project has been a lot of fun and very exciting. I’ve learnt a lot about component design and working under time constraints.”

Paul Lister, Head of Engineering in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We have really enjoyed hosting the students ahead of the Formula Student competition. As a Faculty, we are committed to providing work-related experiences for our Engineering students through placements and live projects. It has been an absolute pleasure hosting the Cape Speed team and it is clear to see how much staff and students benefit from engaging with Formula Student - we are so looking forward to participating ourselves in this competition in the new academic year.”

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Date Issued: Thursday, 10 July 2014

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