Zircotec is supporting an unprecedented number of Formula Student teams from the UK, Europe and around the World with a total of 22 teams so far. This involvement forms a key strand of Zircotec’s program of educational support for the next generations of automotive engineers.
Zircotec offers a programme of technical support for teams competing in the series. This provides the teams with access to our ranges of cutting edge thermal management solutions based on our ThermoHold® ceramic coatings and our ZircoFlex® ultra thin, ultra flexible thermal barrier sheeting. In this way the Formula Student teams can have access to exactly the same thermal management solutions as our customers in F1, MotoGP, Le Mans racing etc. As part of this technical partnership the Formula Students teams will provide Zircotec with technical data on the design, build and performance of the cars enabling Zircotec to continually improve our ranges of products.
So far this year 22 Formula Student teams have taken the opportunity to work in partnership with Zircotec and we would urge any other teams considering contacting Zircotec to do so now before the end of May 2014.
“Formula Student is a remarkable concept, offering a unique insight into the real engineering and development of a real race car,” says managing director Terry Graham. “The quality and innovation of engineering design shown by the students is often outstanding. We want to provide access to the technologies they will encounter when they graduate. This year Zircotec is supporting universities from around the globe including Sweden, Spain, India and Germany and we encourage students to sign up for the last remaining places available for our technical partnerships.”
Zircotec has supported a growing number of teams since 2006 and Graham has enjoyed subsequently meeting many of the engineers through the firm’s work in F1 and other branches of professional motorsport. “The heat and packaging problems encountered while working on these projects are real world issues and Zircotec can support them to discover, test and validate a robust solution, a process relevant to a range of engineering areas.”
The Formula Student event is the largest and most prestigious automotive engineering event of its kind in the World. It’s organised and run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the UK event is to be held at Silverstone from July 25th to July 27th. It is supported by many sectors of industry and by high profile engineers such as Patron of the event and F1 stalwart Ross Brawn OBE. The competition aims to inspire and develop enterprising and innovative young engineers. Universities from across the globe are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car in order to compete in static and dynamic events, which demonstrate their understanding and test the performance of the vehicle.