Motor Vehicle students enjoy the fruits of their labour

College News and Communications
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:41


As a result of a hard-working, fun-filled year, the Motor Vehicle Level 3 and Motorsport teams took to the track recently, with all 5 vehicles created over the last 2 academic years. They descended onto the Birmingham Wheels racing oval and had a great day, it was even more exciting when our Principal, Mike Hopkins, came to join in the fun!

Here are some of the fantastic vehicles created by our talented staff and students:

1976 VW camper: This is a very desirable vehicle, fondly called “Busaru” due to the conversion from the standard VW engine to a Subaru 2 litre engine. This vehicle was created from scratch by the Tutor, Willow Rolfe, and her team of Level 3 learners. Full of mod cons and very quick, this Busaru is going on a long trip next year, touring over 13,000 miles of the USA. Our efforts go worldwide!

Renault Clio Track Car: This was a non-running vehicle donated to us. We got it up and running and tuned, and it is great fun to drive as our learners can testify. This vehicle was put together by Mr L Clark and the Motorsport team.

Westfield Race Car: This is another wonderful car put together by the Motorsport team this year. It came to us without an engine and now boasts a 1.8 Ford Zetec engine with throttle bodies. A very powerful drive, loved by Principal Mike Hopkins as he put it through its paces on the track (yes, we have videos to prove he is a “petrol head” like us all!).

Toyota Track Car: Donated some years ago by Advantage Toyota, this car fell into disrepair and was bought back to life by our enthusiastic Motorsport team. We hope to keep this car for a few more years before upgrading.

Land Rover Discovery: This was a project produced by our Level 3 cohort, purchased as a standard vehicle and evolved into a 4x4 monster, producing almost 200bhp! This labour of love, mainly by the Level 3 student owner James, is a testament to our learners putting what they have been taught to good use.

Most of our motorsport leaners have gained places in motorsport or engineering degree programmes with local universities and our Level 3 students are progressing to the Level 4 HE program within our faculty. This only goes to prove that we make learning and achieving as practical and enjoyable as possible, and we look forward to the next cohort of learners enjoying a day at another track next year!

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