UCLan students enter eco car competition

UCLan students designing their eco car
UCLan students designing their eco car
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The motor racing world had better watch outwatch out!

The mechanical and electronic engineering students from the University of Central Lancashire have entered the Greenpower challenge IET Formula 24+ competition where students aged from 16 – 25 creatre and manufacture a car using only a standard motor and one set of batteries.

And, the aim is to build the most efficient electric car to travel for an hour in the quickest time possible.

The competition is by the Greenpower Education Trust which gives young people with achance to get a hands-on insight into the engineering industry.

Students at UCLan have already finalised the body design of their car and are now doing a computer analysis of the 3D model so they can analyse the aerodynamics.

Huddersfield-based DTBS and Cambridge-based Camcontec have already signed up to sponsor the UCLan team.

The car’s components will be manufactured by the students in the university’s engineering workshop using cutting edge technology and manufacturing processeses.

Tony Broad, senior lecturer at the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, said: “This ‘live’ project has brought together students from both mechanical and electronic engineering courses and is providing them with valuable transferable skills that can be applied in future employment.

“UCLan has a proven track record when it comes to students securing sought-after jobs in the industry; former graduates have gone on to work at Jaguar Land Rover, Formula One and Triumph Engineering.”

Tony added: “It’s fantastic that we already have two well respected businesses sponsoring the project and the fact that both of these actively sought out the opportunity to support the university is a real testament to the relationships the university maintains with businesses in the industry.

“We are hoping to attract further support and urge local companies to get in touch if they want to get behind this exciting initiative.”

The quarter and semi-finals take place between July and September and successful finalists will compete in the grand dinal at Goodwood race circuit in October.