Swift Group supported the Hull University Formula Student Team for the first time last year and proudly displayed the car they developed on the ‘Swift City’ stand at the NEC in October 2012. Impressed with the teams hard work and dedication Swift Group have agreed to support the team again for 2012-2013 season.
With Swift’s commercial support, including support from a number of their key suppliers, the team successfully produced their first single seat race car, the HU-Challenger, named after Swift Groups favourite touring caravan range and achieved great things, for a new team on a small budget, by finishing in the middle of the pack at the 6th international IMechE Formula Student Competition held at Silverstone.
The educational motorsport competition is a testing ground for the next generation of world-class engineers and consists of a number of technical challenges to a strict rule-book. The event consists of scruniteering, to ensure the car meets the required standards and is safe to drive, dynamic races such as a sprint race, a skid pan event and acceleration race and an endurance race. Along with this each team is judged against a number of static events (cost, business case and design), to ensure the students are being taught the intricacies of business.
Just building a competition worthy car is a challenge in itself with only 103 of the 125 registered teams actually making to the event. With lessons learnt from this year the team are raring to go to design and build an even better vehicle for the 2012-2013 season and Swift Group will be behind them all the way.
Nick Page, Swift Group Commercial Director commented, ‘We have been really impressed with the nine months of dedication, effort and drive the team members have demonstrated throughout the event and are delighted to provide our support again. As one of the largest employers in the East Yorkshire region we feel it is important to help develop the engineering stars of the future.’