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Aston engineering students whizz past lake

electric cars

29th January 2015

The annual ‘Electric Car Race’ day- an event organised by engineering students as part of a module, was back on campus last week. 

The event saw teams formed of first year mechanical engineering student’s working together to build their own cars, with the race bringing a close to the ten week project. 

The aim was to design and create a single-seated electric race car during their first semester at university. The teams were assessed on performance, build quality, style and innovative design while developing their technical skills, ability to work in groups, and manage a project.

Inventions varied from speakers on the cars playing Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’, to wing mirrors and party poppers as car accessories. The students were keen to test their vehicles and gave some of their highlights.

Ben Rahimi, member of team Mo’cedes, said: “The highlight of this module is definitely being able to see our car come together. After weeks of planning and building, to finally see it around that track is amazing.”

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 winning team were: Ahmed Menshi, Mitchell Turner, Mohamen Wahid, Edward Wainwright, Nathan Walcott, Daniel Wallis, Thomas White, Gopi Chauhan, Isoken Omusi-Ehue, Anna Williams and Mariana Dos Santos Soares.

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For further media information, please contact Naheeda Akhtar, University Communications on 0121 204 5004 or n.akhtar18@aston.ac.uk