The University of Liverpool’s Formula Student Team for 2014 has secured co-sponsorship from Virtalis, the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre.
Formula Student is an international competition where top engineering students design, build and race single seat racing cars. The competition attracts entries from universities all over the world and is highly regarded as project that blends academic work and learning with the development of practical engineering skills.
As part of the new sponsorship, the team will work with one of the world’s leading virtual reality (VR) companies using the latest virtual engineering tools and facilities. The team will use Virtalis’ Visionary Render software in VEC’s VR laboratories at Daresbury, to help inform the design process for the annual competition.
Virtalis Managing Director David Cockburn-Price, commented: “We are delighted to support this year’s design, helping Liverpool’s young engineers in their bid for pole position. Our Visionary Render software could be their secret weapon. We’ve already supplied software training and the students have seen for themselves how their 3D designs come to life, allowing them to investigate and improve their designs in the virtual world before committing to a physical prototype.”
Liverpool’s Formula Student team, which consists of third and fourth year Mechanical Engineering students, have already gathered at the VEC to give presentations on their early design to a combination of experienced engineers, University supervisors and graduates from last year’s team.
Key Note speaker, John Eldridge, who is the Principal Engineer at Sellafield Ltd, discussed plans for the new racing car with the students and commended their enthusiasm for the project.