Virtual race car experience gets engineering students on track

Virtual race car experience gets engineering students on track

The University of Wolverhampton has fast tracked learning for existing and potential students by creating a virtual race track experience - engineering a winning formula through new technology.

The University is giving people the chance to experience life in the fast lane in its first 360-degree video (viewable to the right).

Viewers will get a bird’s eye view of what it feels like to be sitting alongside a racing driver in the cockpit of the University’s Formula 3 car as it speeds around Donington Park.

Dominating the Grid

Engineering students in the University of Wolverhampton Race Team (UWR) are taking part in the F3 Cup Championship and the team, now dominating the grid, look set to be strong contenders for the race title.

Engineering students are taught how to run a car professionally to the standard of a Formula 1 team under the help and guidance of Professional Motorsport Engineer, Matt Fenton, and Professional Driver and Team Mentor, Shane Kelly.

As the only University racing against 17 other teams in this season’s MSV F3 Cup, the Race Team is competing in all rounds across the season at world famous tracks including Spa Francorchamps, Brands Hatch, the home of the British Grand Prix and Silverstone.

£10m Investment

Dave Allen, Digital and Creative Services Manager in External Relations at the University of Wolverhampton, said: 

“We’ve created our first 360-degree video to really showcase what our engineering courses offer – giving potential students the chance to virtually see what it’s like to sit in and drive an F3 racing car around a world-famous track!

“The University has invested £10 million in engineering facilities at our Telford Innovation Campus and the new virtual video shows off our drive towards innovative, hands-on education for students. Our venture into yet another new realm of technology is very exciting and will provide people with a completely new – and panoramic - perspective on engineering.”

The virtual track race video can be viewed on the University’s Facebook and YouTube channels and is compatible with VR headsets such as Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard. 

Anyone interested in finding out more about engineering courses should come along to the next Open Day at Telford Innovation Campus on Saturday 18th June 2016.

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For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 322003/322736

Date Issued: 31st May 2016

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