Engineering team gears up for new race season

University of Wolverhampton (UWR) Race Team engineering students have unveiled this year’s MSV Formula 3 Cup Championship racing car at the newly refurbished £10 million Telford Innovation Campus.

Last year, the University of Wolverhampton Race Team clinched second place in the F3 Cup Championship title – marginally missing out on a first place spot by 1 point.

As the only University competing again in this season’s forthcoming MSV F3 Cup competition, the Race Team will be competing in all 17 rounds over the next few months at world famous tracks including Brands Hatch, home of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone, and Donington Park.

An investment of £10 million in the University’s engineering facilities at its Telford Innovation Campus in Priorslee has just been completed, creating world class education facilities for engineering students including industry standard design, development and testing facilities.

In addition there are Motorsport workshops which are home to the single seater race cars (Formula 3, Formula Renault, IMechE Formula Student and a Gould which is raced in the British Hillclimb Championship by Graham Wynn OBE) and also two Morgan cars, Plus 4 Babydoll and ARV6, which the team will race in this year’s AR Morgan Challenge on behalf of Morgan Motor Company.

‌Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The significant investment we have made in engineering on the campus has now provided us with facilities which are amongst the best in the country combined with a really attractive course offering for students who want to study engineering.

“With a competitive motor racing team and committed sponsors, our students have a real hands-on engineering experience which meets the needs of future employers.”

James Waters, 19 from Telford, first year student on the Motorsport Engineering Degree course, said: “Rebuilding the car for the start of the race season is a great learning curve for new students.

“We literally take the car apart and look at the engineering make-up in detail – adjusting the camber, replacing bolts, adjusting the gear ratio and we use data analysis to adjust things like the wing angle – all with a view to making the car handle much better and improve the all- round performance.”

Students will be racing two cars in the first race of the season in the AR Morgan Challenge 2017 on 1st April at Snetterton. The first race event of the F3 Cup season takes place on 22nd and 23rd April at Donington Park National.

Find out more about the range of Engineering courses on offer at the Telford Innovation Campus on the website and follow the UWR Race Team’s progress on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter@UWRacing and Instagram@uwracing.

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Date Issued: Monday, 27 March 2017

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