Taking part in the challenge

The single - seat racing car, which has been designed and built by a team of 40 students, will be competing in the international Formula Student competition which sees cars made by student teams from around the world. The team, named ‘UP Racing’ comprises of students from the university’s School of Engineering and is preparing the car for the annual UK competition at Silverstone this month and also the Spanish competition in September.

Simon Hotchkiss, ‘UP Racing’ team leader said: “It’s a great team and a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work and a fantastic opportunity to learn and gain work experience.” The race car will be put through a series of static and dynamic competitions to display the student’s technical, engineering design and manufacturing skills. BAE Systems is supplying equipment for the budding engineers to use and full use of the facilities in their apprentice workshop at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Engineer Norman Croft has been donating both his time and skill to help the students make sure the car meets safety regulations and to a professional standard. Norman said: “I think it’s important to pass on knowledge and I love being able to give technical advice. It’s great to work with talented students, it’s not just about skills, it’s
about passion and interest.”

BAE Systems Engineering Director Nick Sibley said: “It is great that we continue to support Portsmouth University with this project. Not only is it imperative that we use our resources and experience to develop the next generation of engineers but it’s a good way of bringing learning to life.”

Engineering Lecturer and team Faculty Advisor David Wiltshire said: “The relationship between the university and BAE Systems is vital for the success of the project. They provide an excellent opportunity for our students to gain practical skills on the build programme they haven’t previously had the chance to be involved with.”

The racing competition took place at the infamous Silverstone course for four days and saw more than 3,000 engineering students attend.