Student racing team earns sponsorship deal with

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Manchester-based is on the hunt to find the next Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button after investing in a student racing project.

The UK’s premier motoring portal has thrown its weight behind the development of young engineering talent by announcing a sponsorship deal with the University of Strathclyde Formula Student Team.

The team enters a racing car into the Formula Student competitions in the UK and Germany, where more than 3,000 students take part. A total of 132 teams from across the globe are challenged to design, manufacture and compete at Silverstone and Nuremburg.

John Caslin, head of IT at said: “We are delighted to support the University of Strathclyde Formula Student project. Developing young engineering talent is vital the future of the motoring industry, and we are happy to aid in supporting that development through this sponsorship.”

The competition allows students to implement the skills they are learning on their courses in a practical and competitive environment, with some universities including the project as part of their degree.

Speaking on behalf of the Formula Student Team, Roy Yuile, technical director, said: “Formula Student is an incredible way for young engineers to develop their practical, technical and management skills outside of the lecture theatre by designing, building and racing a single seat racing car.”

The team relies on funding from sponsorship deals in order to compete at the highest level. The University’s Engineering Faculty and the Graduates Association already back the team, recognising the importance of such a unique experience.

“Strathclyde are one of the UK's top FS teams, competing at Silverstone and Hockenheim every year. Our sponsors and partners provide us with the resources we need to run a successful race team, and we are immensely grateful for this opportunity. Without their support, our team simply could not exist,” added Yuile.

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