Promoting automotive engineering at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Visitors to the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed were fascinated to see Surrey’s first electric Formula Student car up close – and to learn about the opportunities we offer students aiming for a career in the exciting world of motorsport.
The Festival of Speed, held at the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, is an annual celebration of motorsport when enthusiasts get to see the world’s most iconic racing cars and rub shoulders with the drivers who have made them famous.
At this year’s Festival – which took place from 29 June to 2 July and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the event – Surrey took part in the ‘Next Generation Motorsports Exhibition’, a new area aimed at inspiring the next generation of motorsports professionals.
Academics and students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences were on hand to tell visitors about Surrey’s Automotive Engineering degree programmes, while taking centre stage was the racing car developed for the 2016 Formula Student competition. The car is the first electric vehicle Surrey undergraduate students have designed, built and raced.
Formula Student is the world’s largest student motorsport competition, which brings together teams from universities across the world. Surrey’s Formula Student team, Team SURTES (Surrey University Racing Technology and Engineering Solutions), is currently putting the finishing touches to this year’s car in preparation for the 2017 Formula Student competition, due to take place at Silverstone Circuit from 20 to 23 July.
Automotive Engineering Programme Leader Dr Patrick Gruber said: “With over 200,000 visitors flocking to the Festival of Speed weekend, this was a fantastic opportunity to tell people thinking about a career in automotive engineering and motorsport about our programmes.
“We had a lot of interest from potential students and parents, with many visitors not previously aware that we offer a specialised degree in Automotive Engineering, or that Formula Student is an integral part of the course. With the Festival of Speed taking place the same weekend as our University Open Days, some families also took the opportunity to visit the University, so the two events worked nicely together.”
The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrated the career of former Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone as well as the 70th anniversary of the event. Some of the highlights included a collection of 70 Ferraris, new cars being unveiled by Porsche, Jaguar and Range Rover, and big name drivers Nico Rosberg, Damon Hill and Valtteri Bottas showing their skills on the famous hill climb.