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DIT students design & build a single-seat racing car

Posted: 31 August, 2017

A group of final year Mechanical and Manufacturing & Design engineering students from DIT designed and built a single-seat racing car and entered it in the iMechE formula student competition, which took place at Silverstone in July.

The DIT Formula team with their design

Since 2010, supported by a team of four expert staff at DIT, industry sponsorship and access to a range of workshops, specialist tools and pre-testing at Mondello Park, an integrated group of final year Mechanical and Manufacturing & Design engineering students have competed in the IMechE Formula Student motor racing competition

For this year's team, the work began last September, when a multi-disciplinary team came together to research, design, select, manufacture, test and validate a wide range of parts and components in order to build a single-seat racing car that can accelerate from standstill to 75 metres in less than 6 seconds. 

Over 80 teams from across the world competed in the IMechE Formula Student motor racing competition this year, which involved a wide range of design, cost, sustainability and business events culminating in a racing finale at Silverstone. So they could race the car on the final day, DIT Formula entered its design in a number of key scrutineering events such as tilt and breaking testing. The team were awarded the full complement of badges and placed 9th overall in the vehicle design category. 

You can read more about this project here or you can follow this year's DIT Formula Teams' progress on Facebook.