Students from the City of Liverpool College were recently given a chance to test their skills on McLaren’s latest Formula One car.
McLaren Technology, working with KPMG, gave students and other local groups an opportunity to take part in a Pit Stop Challenge, which saw teams from around Liverpool battle to complete a pit stop on a McLaren MP4-30 F1 car in the fastest time. There was a Top Gear style leader board to show the fastest times of those competing on the day, giving the teams a constant update on where they stood in the competition.
The nine mechanics students impressed the McLaren team with an incredible pit stop time of 3.69 seconds, narrowly missing out on the top spot, which went to the Liverpool Echo team.
“We practice this type of thing at school but never before with cars of this kind,” said Peter Walsh, Head of the college’s engineering and logistics school. “We always try to give our students the best possible experience and it is brilliant that they are able to take part in this unique pit stop challenge from McLaren.
“Our motor vehicle engineering section is one of the most successful in the country, with a 90 per cent success rate and projects like this help to give an extra boost of inspiration to the students and demonstrates the range of opportunities available to them when they finish their courses. This is a specialist career path but that doesn’t mean that it’s not possible for them to work their way into it.”