The triple accredited Cranfield Motorsport Masters course comprises one non-assessed and eight assessed modules related to key areas of motorsport, the group design project and an individual thesis project.
Group Design Projects (GDPs) encourage team working and management development in relation to providing technical solutions to real motorsport issues. Design is a key element with the students working to a brief. Previous projects have included active aerodynamics for the Reynard Inverter; 2015 electric vehicle racing with support from Williams Advanced Engineering and the DS Virgin Racing Formula-E Team and Land Speed Record (LSR) motorcycles.
As part of their Group Design Project, the four student teams on the current MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering course will have to work together to come up with a conceptual level whole vehicle design which is to start at the top of the chosen course, with no usable energy in the hybrid store, and compete with the other teams to be the fastest vehicle to the bottom of the hill and back up. Using Shelsley Walsh and Goodwood (FoS Course) as their UK hillclimb courses each team must adhere to a strict set of rules in relation to fuel, energy storage, tyres, crash safety and general construction.
The teams will present their designs to an audience of staff, peers, industry and guests at Cranfield University on 10 May 2017. In addition to the student presentations and poster displays, there will be other talks on the day too related to the Group Design Project Topic.