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Students construct racing car from scratch for Silverstone competition


Student engineers are designing a racing car from scratch as they bid to win a national university competition at iconic Silverstone racing circuit.

A 14-strong team from Glyndŵr University is working on building a racing car prototype for Formula Student.

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the competition gives students the chance to demonstrate their technical, engineering design, and manufacturing skills.

The group are building the high performance car using knowledge gained on their Performance Car Technology degree to gauge materials and design for optimum acceleration, braking and handling.

They are now on the lookout for sponsors to help fund the construction and costs associated with the competition.

Each sponsor will have their logo featured on the car body and on t-shirts worn by the racing car team. Four companies have so far signed up to support the Glyndŵr University team.

22-year-old team member Lennox D’coutho, from India, said: “The event is huge for any student who wants to work in the performance car industry. It teaches you so many things alongside technical engineering skills which we’ve learnt on the course, such as team working, budgeting and working to deadlines.

“It’s really important to have Formula Student on our CV to help us find employment when we leave.”

Formula Student takes place at Silverstone Circuit from July 9 to 13. Any companies wishing to sponsor the team can do so via Glyndŵr University’s online shop

Alternatively contact the team on

Wrexham Glyndwr University Open Days