News

14 April 2015

Oxford Brookes Racing exhibit at Autosport International 2015

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (MEMS) exhibited at Autosport International Race Car Show at the NEC Birmingham for the fourteenth year from Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 January 2015.

Attended by various members of the Brookes Formula Student team and department staff over the four days, the show was an opportunity for the students and staff to network with people from industry, arrange meetings, work placements and possible graduate opportunities in their chosen field. Some famous faces visited the stand throughout the four days, including Gordon Shedden, Petter Solberg, Allan McNish and David Coulthard. The Brookes stand also attracted some other familiar faces, numerous graduates visited the stand over the four days, it was an opportunity for staff and students to catch up with alumni news.

The show was also a great chance to promote to industry the wide range of activities that staff and students have been involved in, including the single-seat racing car, Oxford Brookes Racing team (OBR) designed. OBR race in various competitions throughout the racing season, and the 2014 car went on to win the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Formula Student design competition at Silverstone in July 2014; the first UK team to win the international accolade. The winning car was on display at Autosport and members of the team were available throughout the show to talk to visitors about their achievements.

Gareth Neighbour, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences said: “The engineering, dedication and perseverance of the team at Brookes and all of its members are, in my view, second to none. These are the leading factors why the department produces graduates who are wanted by F1, leading motorsport teams and engineering sector employers.”

The department also announced at the show that they will be taking part in an exciting collaboration with BSI Speedway. In November 2014, the department was loaned a Speedway bike by triple world champion Ole Olsen in support of the collaboration, which was on display at the Brookes Autosport stand. The launch of the bike will take place later this year, celebrating the opportunity to involve staff and student-led research projects that look into the development of the sport.

To support the collaboration triple world champion Ole Olsen has loaned the department a Speedway bike which was on display at the Brookes Autosport stand. The official launch of the bike will take place later this year, celebrating the opportunity for staff and student-led projects featuring the development of the sport.