Aston engineering students hit the tracks

Race Day

22 January 2012

Aston University hosted Electric Car Race Day -an event organised by EAS students as one of their 'hands on' engineering modules.

The event involved students racing ten student-built electric race cars around a track on campus. 

The project tasked first year Engineering and Product Design students to design and create a single seater electric race car in their first term at University.  Students were later assessed on performance, build quality, style and innovative design. 

Special guest for the event was Graham Moore, Chief Engineer at Drayson Racing Technologies, who opened the event with three laps and teams were challenged to race against this time.

Students were keen try out their newly built vehicles and gave their highlights of the project.

Josh Stone, first year Design and Engineering said:  Participating in this project has made learning fun, my highlight has not only been seeing the end product but also having the opportunity to study which supports my passion for design.

I have really enjoyed meeting and interacting with people on my course and working together and sharing ideas said Edwin Carter first year Mechanical Engineering

Dr Gareth Thomson, Head of Mechanical Engineering and module leader, said:  “At Aston University we want our students to gain potential career experience from day one, not just when they graduate. This real world learning provides opportunity to build practical skills and the knowledge and experience that industry is looking for in future designers and engineers."

The winners
completed the track challenge in 2:05 minutes, beating Graham who completed the three laps in 2:15 minutes.

The winning team were;

Steven Bartlett; Marwan Yafeai; Yatta Jamina-Ackom; Flavius Bei; Sundhas Sheikh; Jack Yates; Daniel Kai-Harding; Man Kwong; Chan-Yu Lin; Josef Chatterley; James Clough

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