University of Liverpool's Formula Student Team

Formula Student team unveils 'secret weapon'

The University of Liverpool’s 2014 Formula Student Team has been given access to Virtalis' Visionary Render software in VEC’s Virtual Reality (VR) laboratories.

Formula Student is an international competition in which top engineering students design, build and race a single seat racing car and attracts entries from around the world. This year the University of Liverpool’s team is being sponsored by Virtalis, the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre.

“We are delighted to support this year’s design, helping Liverpool’s young engineers in their bid for pole position,” said Virtalis MD David Cockburn-Price. “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 understand their design in the virtual world and make improvements, before committing to a physical prototype.”

The VEC is working closely with Virtalis to provide this year’s team with access to the latest virtual engineering tools and facilities to inform the team’s design process and achieve a winning formula.

The team, which consists of third and fourth year mechanical engineering students, has 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. Keynote speaker John Eldridge, principal engineer at Sellafield Ltd and head judge of the Silverstone competition, discussed plans for the new racing car with the students and commended their enthusiasm for the project.

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