The world of advanced and additive manufacturing
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Are you interested in studying a master’s in motorsport engineering in the UK?
The University of Bolton is proud to be home to the UK’s only National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME), and we have a number of postgraduate programmes for students looking to upskill in this field.
From 3D printing and learning how to build a supercar of the future to advanced powertrains and electric vehicles for mass production, postgraduate motorsport engineering degree can open up many doors in the industry.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a look at the new Czinger 21C! The most advanced example of what the future of 3D printed cars could look like!
Czinger 21C at a glance
At first glance, you could have mistaken the Czinger 21C as another overhyped supercar. But after its long-awaited track test, it became clear that this was a breakthrough super beast able to lap Laguna Seca in just 1:25.446 seconds, beating McLaren Senna with a new record time. See the 21C in action…
This is the world’s first 3D printed ‘hypercar’ (one of the most superior and high-performing cars on the market). Only 1% of cars make the hypercar category, and the Czinger 21C is the first of its kind to be designed and manufactured from scratch using innovative 3D printing and automation techniques.
The Czinger is extremely lightweight and can run on flex-fuel or renewable bio-methanol fuel, which really sets it apart from some if its competitors. It also differs from most supercar models thanks to its tandem seating configuration, putting the passenger behind the driver, ensuring optimal weight distribution and performance.
Numbers quoted by Czinger are impressive too, even by hypercar standards. According to the car manufacturer, this model can do 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds and has a top speed of 268 mph, generating 551 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. And the two things that make this kind of performance possible are high power density and low weight. The 3D printed parts are ultra-lightweight, and Divergent’s CEO, Kevin Czinger, believes that his 3D production system will be the biggest innovation since Henry Ford’s moving production line.
How will 3D printing change motor vehicle engineering?
Also known as ‘additive manufacturing, 3D printing is a process that allows us to make almost anything. It will have a huge impact on motor vehicle and motorsport engineering, improving the way we design and build racing cars, as well as everyday cars.
The big breakthrough with the Czinger 21C is the radical build process, with 3D printers being able to produce aluminium printed parts at the same rate as they can produce cast aluminium parts, which means price parity for factories.
This could see the car manufacturing industry wave goodbye to the old production line techniques, creating a highly productive, cost-efficient and flexible process for mass manufacturing in the years to come.
Study a master’s in motorsport engineering in the UK
Learn how to build a supercar of the future with a motorsport engineering degree at the University of Bolton. Our purpose-built National Centre for Motorsport Engineering is the UK’s only dedicated training centre for undergraduates and postgraduates with an interest in motorsports.
If you’re interested in doing a motorsport engineering degree, there’s nowhere better to study than the University of Bolton, where we put students, and their needs first. Come and experience #UniAsItShouldBe!
To find out more about applying in 2022/23, see our available courses.
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