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About Us

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Our brand new National Centre for Motorsport Engineering is set to be the UK’s leading venture for motorsport engineering. Offering industry-driven and student-led academic programmes, it is aimed at forming outstanding engineers who will shape the future of automotive development.

The £13 million development project is designed to provide first-class facilities in an inventive environment that is unrivalled in academia. NCME is already a leading centre for the study of automotive performance engineering and motorsport technology, and its forerunner, the Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE), was the first in the UK to have an in-house and fully functioning international racing team based on a university campus.

NCME offers our Advanced Performance Engineering and Motorsport Technology students the benefit of high-octane partnerships – in the classroom, in the workshop, in the laboratory and on the racetrack. We offer the opportunity to gain hands-on real-life career experience and access to up-to-the-minute equipment, cars and amenities both on and off campus. Partnering with racing teams and seasoned professional racing drivers, NCME aims to offer a unique learning experience. Not only can our students learn in the lecture theatre and laboratory but they can reinforce and expand their learning on the racetrack.

If you’re aiming for pole position on the career grid, you’ve come to the right place. Our primary objective is to prepare students for the best careers in the motorsport and engineering industries.

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Established in 2013, the University of Bolton’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE) quickly became recognised as a leading centre in the field of motorsport education. It was the first in the UK to have an in-house and fully functioning international racing team based on a university campus and our students enjoyed supporting our partner teams at national and international racing events.

The University has a long and proud history in the fields of engineering and mechanics and can trace its history back to 1824 when the decision to establish the Bolton Mechanics’ Institute was taken. We have been teaching engineering courses successfully for over 40 years and in this time have built substantial and lasting links with relevant industry and professional bodies. We have always been an agile education provider working to ensure that our courses meet the current and future needs of industry, attract professional accreditation and achieve the aspirations of our students.

CAPE continued to take an innovative approach to the teaching of Advanced Performance Engineering and Motorsport Technology, firming grounding our ambitions for the new National Centre for Motorsport Engineering in our wealth of experience and past success.

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