Student racers are lapping up success on race track

Win: UCLan students Ashley Pickin, Peter Sullivan and Christian Manterfield
Win: UCLan students Ashley Pickin, Peter Sullivan and Christian Manterfield
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It is not quite on a par with McLaren, but an electric car designed and built by engineering students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has won awards at two regional rounds of a national racing event.

The prized vehicle was named the Best Engineered Car at two of the three events it entered and also won an award for innovation after racing in the Greenpower Electric Car IET Formula 24+ race series.

Designed and built by second year students Christian Manterfield, 20, Ashley Pickin, 20 and 19-year-old Peter Sullivan, the car saw off competition from 20 other teams to win the awards.

Christian said: “To win these awards in our first season of racing is very encouraging and we’re already planning new ways to improve the car and make it better for next season.”

He added: “Being able to design, build and race the car alongside our studies really adds value to what we’re learning in the classroom and allows us to put theory into practice.”

The race criteria involves teams designing and building an electric car with a standard motor and sets of batteries.

Each race is a one hour endurance event so the car has to use its energy efficiently or the car runs out of battery power.

The UCLan electric car is made from fibreglass, is fully electric and can travel up to 30mph.

To win the awards the cars were judged on their construction, design, controls, weight efficiency, transmission, cooling and aerodynamics.

UCLan was the only team to have a car with a fibreglass structural body and was also praised for its use of 3D computer aided design to model and manufacture it.

The top 11 cars in the regional heats go through to a national final later this month.