University Awarded Cash for Motorsport

From left to right: Ilias Oraifige (Deputy Head of Department - Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers), Fabian Welford-Tuitt (IMechE), Andrew Menzies (Team Leader, Team Derby Motorsport)

From left to right: Ilias Oraifige (Deputy Head of Department - Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineers), Fabian Welford-Tuitt (IMechE), Andrew Menzies (Team Leader, Team Derby Motorsport)

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) visited Bondholder University of Derby to award Team Derby Motorsport with a grant of £3,000 after the team won this years' Rookie Team Award.

Team Derby Motorsport is made up of 18 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the majority of which study Motorsport Engineering at the University of Derby. The team will race against 135 other teams from 28 different countries at Formula Student 2015, which takes place from July 8-12 at Silverstone.

Formula Student 2015 - run by IMechE - is the world's largest student motorsport event and challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. This will be the first year the Derby team has entered the competition as a Class 1 team.

We are very proud to compete in Formula Student Class 1 for the first time this year and as Motorsport Engineering students we are very excited to use what we learn on this course to build our own race car, get it on the track and show potential employers what we can do.
— Andrew Menzies, Team Leader of Team Derby Motorsport
Working so closely with industrial partners, suppliers and sponsors also forges strong links for the future and are of massive benefit for the students’ skillset.
— Chris Smout, Senior Lecturer in Motorsport Engineering at the University of Derby