The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex has become the most recent addition to Sussex’s Formula Student team after he was presented with an official team jacket, whose logo was designed by a team of final year Sussex Product Designers. Students Sam Jewiss, team leader, and Tessa Watkin, Head of Business and Marketing, met with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing to talk about the vehicle’s design and progress.
He seemed impressed when the students told him that they expected their vehicle to reach 0-60mph in under three seconds, and then asked: “Will I be able to drive it?” (oooh yes – can we put out names down for a test drive too?- Ed)
Formula Student, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the world’s largest annual student motorsport event and challenges students from around the world to design, build and race a single-seat racing car from scratch. According to the team, the biggest competition for Team Sussex in 2014 is likely to be from the teams at Huddersfield, Oxford Brookes and Bath universities.
“I always come away thinking this is a huge development opportunity for the team. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience the world outside the world of academia,” said Professor Farthing. “I have excellent hopes for you. I think you are going to beat them all hands down.”
The Vice-Chancellor also joined the Nosecone Club on the developing car. After placing a £10 donation, members of the club get to submit a photo to be fixed to the nosecone of the car as it competes at Silverstone, with £5 from every £10 donation going directly to the charity Help for Heroes.
We will be following the development of the car as Team Sussex finalise the design and progress towards the Silverstone races…