Team MCR kick off the racing season at Snetterton 300


After a strip down and rebuild of their car over the winter, Team MCR arrived at Snetterton Circuit last Saturday for the opening of the 2018 Championship.

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Team MCR is a student project to develop, maintain and engineer a sports prototype racing car in a national championship against professional teams. The team, who are based in the university’s School of Engineering in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering, compete in the full UK championship racing at venues such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch, and Oulton Park. The team is comprised of Engineering and Management students from all levels of study who contribute to all aspects of racing, from the maintenance of the car to promotion and publicity, giving them the opportunity to gain experience of developing and running a 2 litre sports racing car in a ‘real world’ environment against professional teams. Students can put theoretical knowledge into practical use and gain skills for their future careers in industry. The car itself is driven by Lecturer and Programme Director Tim Tudor.

The team came in third place at this first race of the season, despite problems with the bodywork, the throttle, and to the fuel injection, as well as making minor adjustments to the suspension.

In their race report, the team said: “Once the madness of the first few corners had settled down, the car quickly pulled away from the pack and was just in touching distance of the two front-runners.

“The team now turns its attention to revision and exams, with one eye kept on the second round race upcoming at Silverstone. We’ll be targeting another strong finish to keep the momentum going for the rest of the season.”

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