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University of Bath students give Government minister a taste of Formula 1

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University of Bath students give Government minister a taste of Formula 1

Car designers and future business engineers from Bath have been impressing Government ministers. The minister of state for universities and science David Willets has been given a taste of Formula 1 thanks to students from the University of Bath.

Mr Willets got to sit in a racing car, designed and built by a team of undergraduate mechanical engineering students from Bath, and spoke to the team about their hands-on engineering education.

The meeting happened as part of the Tomorrow’s Engineers event held in London at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The University of Bath’s formula racing team, Team Bath Racing, build a car each year as part of their undergraduate degree study, which they then race at Formula Student events both in the UK and abroad.

Four third year Bath students, Tom Peirson-Smith, James Mady, Ryan Marsh and Guy Barkley, were involved in this year’s Tomorrow’s Engineers event. They took one of the cars that was designed for the 2012 Formula Student race to show to event attendees.

Mr Peirson-Smith said: “The Tomorrow’s Engineers event was a great opportunity to show people what we’re doing, and to reflect on how much we’ve learnt about the automotive industry. Everyone at the event could have a go at sitting in our car, which they all enjoyed - the adults and the children.”

The team is currently designing their next car, which will be raced in 2014. They are working closely with BP, who are providing financial support, knowledge and graduate employment opportunities as part of their partnership with the university.

 

 

 

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