Seated at front - Mebin Varghese (student), Joseph Castle (student), Dr Coren, Simon Harvey (student seated in car), Karl Bradbury (student), Marcin Grochowski (student).
Intermediate row - Trevor Taylor (technical instructor), Andrew Harvey (EngD student).
Back row, standing (all technical instructors) - Tony Brown, Jon Armory, David Rothwell, George Rowden, Daniel Brooks, Mario Palermo, Chris Lenartowicz (Research Officer).
Dr Coren said: “Formula Student is an opportunity for students to work as a team on a high-profile project with interaction with academic and industry partners. It is a stepping stone for students’ ambitions for a successful career in engineering. One of the students is being interviewed for a position with a Formula One team and all are aspiring to join the automotive engineering industry.”
The car has been manufactured in-house using the university engineering lab’ facilities and a range of rapid prototyping techniques including CAD/CAM CNC machining, 3D printing, laser cutting, plasma cutting, and, as Dr Coren put it, “blood sweat and gears, with students working on the project evenings and weekends”.
The car is designed for short circuit autocross events and is currently geared to for maximum acceleration and a top speed of 70 mph.
Dr Coren said: “It has been designed to satisfy the IMechE Formula Student technical regulations, but also as an educational tool which will be used as part of our undergraduate studies, in particularly, as part of our Vehicle Design Module. As such, it features an ‘exposed structure’ bodywork concept allowing the main structural features to be seen, and also, clear body panels which allow students to see inside the car – the anatomy of a racing car.