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Categories: Motorsport and Automotive Performance Engineering, Undergradute
If you love high performance automation and want to plug straight into the heart of global motorsports, the University of Bolton’s Motorsport Engineering degree is the perfect opportunity for you. Studying at the UK’s only dedicated motorsports institution - The national centre for motorsport engineering, you’ll have access to our award-winning student services and a dedicated Employability Team that will support you through your degree and into a career you’ll love.
From the moment Karl Benz invented the first modern automobile in 1886, the human race became a car culture. Over the last 130 years, cars have become central to how we move around, transport goods and even entertain ourselves.
It took humanity about nine years to figure out that more than just useful travelling devices, cars were a lot of fun to race, and so motorsports engineering was born. This probably says something about us as a species.
The first organized race, a 50 mile reliability test in 1894 from Paris to Rouen, was won with an average speed of 10 mph. In 1895 the first true race was held, from Paris to Bordeaux and back, a distance of roughly 730 miles. The winner clocked an astronomical average speed of about 15 mph.
Racing culture grew rapidly throughout the early 1900s and in 1946 the term F1, signifying the pinnacle of motorsports racing was applied to the top class of competitions around at the time. This developed into the F1 racing competition we know today.
The obvious reason we’ve gone from 15 mph speeds in 1896 to average racing speeds now of around 215 mph, is motorsports engineering. The cutting edge of innovation in automobiles generally, the advances made at the elite end of motorsports engineering have also driven improvements in mass production cars.
And here’s a fun fact. The UK is more or less the heart and soul of modern motorsports engineering. Seven of the ten F1 teams are headquartered in England, including Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, BWT Racing Point F1 Team, Haas F1 Team, McLaren F1 Team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, Renault DP World F1 Team and Williams-Mercedes Racing.
In other words, students studying motorsport engineering in England have an incredible advantage and access to some brilliant opportunities.
Do you see yourself having a career with one of these great companies and helping to discover the next range of innovations in racing technology?
As a student of the Motorsport and Automotive Performance Engineering degree at the University of Bolton, you could be a part of the UK’s only National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) and our work placements provide unbeatable on-hand experience.
Your studies will take place in our £13 million state-of-the-art specialist workshops and laboratories, built specifically for automotive performance engineering and motorsport technology.
Learn more about BSc Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton and find out how you can apply now.
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