Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Students gearing up to race

RACER:  Chesire Adriaan is one of the students who will compete in the 2012 Formula Student competition.

A group of Mechanical Engineering students are hard at work putting the final touches to CPUT’s first formula one racing car.

In a few weeks times the car will be packaged and shipped off to the United Kingdom where the group of 12 students will compete in the 2012 Formula Student competition.

The event, which takes place during July, sees students from across the globe battle it out on the racing track in cars they designed and built.

This is the first time CPUT will compete in this prestigious competition and to top it off we are also the only South African university to secure a place in this year’s event.

Lecturer Morne Riddles, who is supervising the students, says they recently started the car for the first time, which was a key moment in the project.

The drone of the engine brought shouts of joy from the students who have working on the project since its inception in 2010.

Riddles says the students have several weeks left to work on the racing car, which will be unveiled to the CPUT community at the end of April.

And students are positive that they will meet the deadline.

Fourth year Btech student Chesire Adriaan says the bulk of the work is complete and all that is left to do is complete the outer shell of the car, which is made of carbon-fiber.

The students will also complete a series of test runs over the next few weeks.

Student Sandisile Mbenene says the group is happy with the progress of the car.

 “We learnt so much and gained a lot of experience by being involved in this project,” he says.

Sandisile says he is positive CPUT will come out tops at the competition.

By Candes Keating

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za