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Press Release - 13 January 2005

Engineers set out to be the fastest in the world

A group of West engineers have begun work on a racing car that they hope will make them the fastest students in the world.

The 12 engineers from the University of Bath are constructing the car in preparation for the annual Formula Student competition on July 9, involving 80 teams from universities across the globe.

The Bath team are optimistic because their plans for the car won an award for the best design in a previous competition.

Almost all the car is built using machinery at the University, and the 12 students, all in the fourth year of studying mechanical engineering, have begun making the various parts.

The car will weigh about 33 stone, or 210 kg, and will be 5ft 7 in long (1.7 metres). The race restricts the engine to 610cc capacity, but its light frame means that an acceleration of 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds is expected.

The car will cost around £15,000 to build, with sponsorship from Castrol and other firms, and it will be ready for test driving in May.

During the competition, at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire, the car will compete in events to test its acceleration, manoeuvrability, road-holding and endurance.

Although elements of the construction process form a part of their degrees, the students are working in their spare time on the car as a hobby.

“It’s great experience to get involved in a proper engineering project,” said Jon Webb, one of the team.

“We do practical work on our mechanical engineering course, but this project is obviously a major challenge and we’re looking forward to seeing if we can turn the first place we got for the design of the car into a first place on the track.” This is the fifth year that University of Bath students have competed in the competition.