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Friday, 23 May 2014

CAPE SPEED gears up to unveil second formula racing car

FORMULA ONE: Members of the CAPE SPEED team, who are set to unveil their racing car on Tuesday, 27 May 2014, at the university’s Granger Bay campus FORMULA ONE: Members of the CAPE SPEED team, who are set to unveil their racing car on Tuesday, 27 May 2014, at the university’s Granger Bay campus

CPUT students are gearing up to take to the race track this July at the iconic home of motorsport, Silverstone in Britain.

On Tuesday, 27 May 2014, CPUT together with its TIA-Adaptronics AMTL research unit is gearing up to unveil their formula racing car.

The racing car was designed and manufactured by a multi-disciplinary group of students, led by Mechanical Engineering students, who will compete in Formula Student, Europe’s biggest student motor sport event.

The CPUT team, CAPE SPEED, will be the only team from South Africa to compete in this year’s event, which has attracted teams from 100 universities across the globe.

The teams will be competing in 600cc racing cars, which are designed and built from scratch and are capable of travelling from 0 to 90kph in only a few seconds. The racing cars will be put through a series of rigorous tests, including acceleration, sprint, endurance races, and skid pads.

This will be the second time that the CPUT team participates in this event. In July 2012 CAPE SPEED, as a first entrant of this competition, surprised many by placing number 65 out of 132 entrants. The team also made history by being the first team from Africa to complete all race stages.

But this year’s team is hoping to improve on the current ranking says CAPE SPEED captain, Cyprian Onochie.

This year’s racing car was designed using the latest materials and techniques available, which included technology from CPUT’s Product Lifecycle Management Competency Centre.

“It was hard work and long hours, but we managed,” says Cyprian.

This year’s team also consists of students from the Faculties of Informatics and Design and Business, who are working on other aspects of the competition.

*The project is a recognized WDC2014 Project. Follow all CPUT’s WDC2014 projects at www.imaginethat.org.za

Written by Candes Keating

Tel: +27 21 959 6311
Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Engineering and Applied Sciences Faculties; the Bellville and Wellington Campuses, and research and innovation news.