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Engineering student designs a unique component for prestigious sports car


A University of Wolverhampton engineering student has helped design a unique exhaust component for a prestigious sports car.

Daniel Bird, 26 from Staffordshire, is studying for a Motorsport Engineering degree in the School of Engineering at Telford Innovation Campus.

The School of Engineering was approached to design and manufacture a bespoke exhaust trim for a Pagani Huayra car that will be driven to Europe to take part in an exhibition.

Working closely with commercial client, Torus Technology Group, Dan developed the design using Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology and prototype models to create a final product made from Titanium.

Paul Bates, Technical & Business Resource Manager at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus, said: “The design takes advantage of the Direct Metal Laser Sintering process that operates at the Telford Innovation Campus, to permit very complex and unique designs that cannot be manufactured using more conventional methods.

“Daniel worked closely with the client on the project outside of his academic and motorsport activities, gaining some valuable live work experience, to create the final product which was commended by Horacio Pagani, the founder of Italian speciality auto-maker, Pagani Automobili.”

Daniel said:  “Getting the chance to work with Torus Technology Group on a sports car produced by Pagani, one of the greatest Italian sports car manufacturers in the world, was an amazing opportunity.

“Thanks to the skills and techniques I obtained through my studies and Motorsport activities, I was able to interpret the client’s ideas into a design best suited for the Huayra’s unique style. Then to receive the word that Horacio Pagani commended my work was truly something special to me.

“I am eternally grateful for the University and the facilities they have offer are amazing.  The reason I chosen the University in the first place was to further develop my career prospects and I would urge other upcoming students to do the same.”


Daniel is now working on a second design for a Pagani Zonda.

Anyone interested in studying in the School of Engineering should visit the next Open Day at Telford Innovation Campus on Saturday 15th June 2019.


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