Motorsport-related R&D and teaching is one of Cranfield’s USPs. Several F1, MotoGP and Formula-E teams (and others which must remain confidential) as well as the motorsport regulators, race car and subsystem designers work closely with Cranfield on both open and confidential projects.
Cranfield is the natural choice for students wishing to focus on the motorsport sector for their master's-level education and this in turn attracts well-known companies in the sport, such as Mercedes HPP, to liaise with the students on their individual and group design projects (GDPs).
Our Motorsport MSc students assist the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) with respect to the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. We are a member of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and are supported by the Motor Sports Association. The Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc programme is linked to AVL through AVL's University Partnership scheme. Students have access to AVL Boost software. The course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for fulfilling further learning requirements for CEng.
AVEC offers several important facilities for use on motorsport teaching and R&D, including a sustained motion g-cueing driver cockpit simulation suite, 4WD articulating fast-transient response vehicle dyno, high-speed tyre testing, braking rigs, and dSPACE and AVL modelling and simulation software suites running on Cranfield’s HPC clusters.
By leveraging other facilities and expertise across the Cranfield campus, such as the Cranfield Impact Centre, Cranfield can offer a full and bespoke service to private clients for R&D as well as to students looking for a holistic education in this space.
For more information, please contact one of our AVEC staff.