Press Releases 2016

Empowered Racing claim glory at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit


UWTSD’s student led Motorsport Engineering race team, Empowered Racing, recently competed in the Monoposto Championship, 2000 class race at Brands Hatch in Kent. The students hoped to be in with a chance at winning the newEducation Team Trophy, and they were not left disappointed. 

The results of the Educational Trophy were as follows;

1st – UWTSD Team – Empowered Racing

2nd – The College of West Anglia

3rd – Kingston University

The race team comprises of BEng and BSc Motorsport Engineering students.

Kevin Couling, Technician in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, dedicates many of his weekends to take his student team to race events. His enthusiasm and dedication to the team and their events inspires the students, who freely give up their time.

Kevin said:

“Brands Hatch saw a successful turnout for the team, both on the track and off.  The weekend was off to a busy start as the whole team sat down to look at the rear wing on the car.  After discussion and research on the matter, the team realised its potential could be further exploited and began earnestly in modifying the wing.  After several learning curves for all of the students, the car was checked over and made ready by for the Eligibility Scrutinisers, who inspect for safety as well as regulations before the first qualifying session. 

“Race 1 started well and a position was made up, resulting in a final classification of fifth in class, which proved to be a tough challenge for the driver who was shattered afterwards.  The car was inspected and found to be excessively heavy on a corner, causing extra work for the driver. The team successfully restored the balance.

“All of the cars run by student teams were judged on the performance of the team overall, not the outright performance of their driver. The driver on the track and the team themselves were under the watchful eyes of three judges who were eagerly judging the performance of the educational teams present. 

“It was a fantastic weekend of racing and we are thrilled with the result!”

UWTSD has a long history of involvement in motorsport education. School of Automotive Engineering graduates are renowned for their ability to apply themselves to engineering challenges, as well as possessing excellent practical skills which support a thorough grounding in analytical engineering. The university has strong links with industry and  students have an excellent record of employment when completing our courses.

Many of UWTSD’s programmes are accredited by professional bodies such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). Combined with the opportunities to gain work experience during their studies, guest lectures from inspiring engineers and opportunities to become involved in one of our engineering projects, students are provided with a unique opportunity to experience real world engineering.  The Unuiversity’s aim is to empower students with the engineering knowledge, practical skills and confidence which ensure that they are attractive to potential employers. 

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