Formula Student goes electric

Issue date: 24 March 2015

Electric race car collaborative design - UWE Formula Student

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 from 16:00 to 19:00

On Wednesday 25 March, UWE Bristol's Student Racing Team will launch their plans to build and race an electric car at next year's Formula Student Competition, which takes place at Silverstone in July 2016.

During the launch event, UWE Bristol student, Ken Williamson (Lead Design Engineer), will give a talk about the overall design, the innovative technologies used and the rapidly expanding electric vehicle sector. Attendees will also get the opportunity to talk to members of the team about the car itself.

This is the first year that the 70 strong racing team have decided to build an electric race car, and the event is part of the team's efforts to raise £40,000 in order to fund the project.

Ken Williamson says, “Electric cars are uncharted territory for the team, but electricity is likely to be at the heart of future vehicles, so it is a great opportunity for us. We are learning a lot about how to run a business, as well as designing a high-performance vehicle capable of competing at an international event.”

Jordan Rooney, who is studying Automotive Engineering at UWE, says, “We are at a very exciting stage in the evolution of our car, as the production stages are already producing functional parts to install on the car. This event is a fantastic opportunity for the University's student engineers to showcase the innovative designs that will reduce waste, improve efficiency and produce a race ready, electric, zero-emission race car for Silverstone 2016. It is also an opportunity for attendees to network and perhaps learn more about the electric vehicle sector in general.

The team is currently looking for sponsors and there will be opportunities to discuss with business team members about sponsorship packages and how companies can benefit from supporting the team.

For more information and to book for this free event please visit the event page.

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