Tom Pickering - Part of the Imola LMP3 race winning team
AUTOSPORT International Mainstage Interview
Teaching students the ‘business of speed’.
Chairman of Silverstone John Grant speaking at Bolton
CAPE through a students eyes.
Team RLR Msport at LeMans.
CAPE students get involved trackside at Donnington Park.
Dimitris Vernardakis - President of Philpa
A unique partnership with RLR Msport
Rebecca Jackson talks to CAPE
Rebecca Jackson Student Presentation
CAPE students get involved trackside at Rockingham

Welcome to the Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE) at the University of Bolton. CAPE is a leading centre for the study of automotive performance engineering and motorsport technology, and was the first in the UK to have an in-house and fully functioning professional racing team based on a university campus.

Thanks to our unique partnerships in the classroom, in the workshop and on the race track, our students have the opportunity to gain hands-on real-life career experience and access to up-to-the-minute equipment and cars, and state-of-the-art amenities both on and off campus.

Partnering with racing teams and seasoned drivers, CAPE aims to offer its students a unique learning experience – they put in their hours in the lecture theatre like anyone else but when they get out on the track it’s for real.

If it’s a career in the fast lane that drives you, you’ve come to the right place. CAPE's primary objective is to prepare students for the best careers in engineering.


The University of Bolton's Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering currently offers two degree courses, each available full-time and part-time or full-time with a foundation year:


Over to the Centre’s Director of Advanced Performance Engineering, Dr Rory Perrett.

‘The University of Bolton works closely with industry partners such as RLR Msport and Century Motorsport to create first-class on-campus learning with the best in practical motorsport experience.

‘Having a professional race team based on campus has meant students can move from theory to practice and see that through to the race track where they assist with the team.

‘CAPE is putting the University at the forefront of automotive engineering education in our region. Our partnerships ensure that students interested in a career in the fast lane receive an exceptional academic and practical engineering experience.

‘The level of hands-on time with our partner racing teams is a unique experience that sets CAPE students apart in the eyes of employers. They graduate with a competitive edge in the jobs market.’


There are wide-ranging career opportunities for those wishing to be part of this exciting and rewarding industry, not only are the wages attractive, but working as part of a team and achieving success in such a high-pressure sport is one of the best feelings in the world.

Of course, as with any industry, the best companies will attract the best employees - so if you want to be part of their success, you must work hard.

automotive design
chassis dynamics
general engineering
motor sport
engine performance analysis


The University of Bolton is investing £13 million in a brand-new, purpose-built National Centre for Motorsport Engineering, which will provide first-class facilities and cutting-edge equipment, cementing our position as a leader in the teaching of automotive performance engineering and motorsport technology.

An artist's impression of the proposed National Centre for Motorsport Engineering