Cranfield's motorsport car
Cranfield's motorsport car

Cranfield University has formed an exciting educational partnership with international racing team, Super Nova, Auto GP champions 2012 and 2013.

The collaboration will begin with an internship for one of the University's Motorsport Masters students, which will result in a new role being created within the Auto GP team and an expansion of the team's research and analysis capabilities. The Super Nova team drivers will also benefit from the relationship, with an educational package being produced to advance their engineering knowledge and understanding. Super Nova will carry the Cranfield University logo on its Auto GP cars and website.

John Sears, Super Nova Team Manager, commented: “The relationship with Cranfield University is an exciting one on a number of levels. Our team philosophy is built on educating our staff and drivers in order to deliver the success that Super Nova has achieved over the years and Cranfield's reputation in the field of motorsport engineering is fantastic.

“Drivers tend to come to us with varying levels of engineering knowledge so I believe that if we can set a standard for this understanding through education then this will enable our drivers to raise their performance and be better prepared as their careers progress." 

Clive Temple, Programme Director for the MSc Advanced Motorsport Engineering at Cranfield University, said: “Super Nova is an innovative team which recognises the value of education, both in terms of the development of its own drivers and critically in supporting aspiring engineers. The partnership with Super Nova will provide Advanced Motorsport Engineering MSc students with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of motorsport as practitioners working with the team and its drivers, for example, it has the potential to underpin MSc thesis projects."

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Transport Systems at Cranfield

Cranfield has over 50 years’ experience in transport, including the aviation, automotive, motorsport, military and marine sectors.

We are the only university in Europe to own and run an airport and to have airline status.

Our education and award-winning research covers all modes of vehicles and transport across technology, engineering and management, including sustainable transport and intelligent mobility.

In an increasingly interconnected world, we specialise in understanding the whole environment in which transport operates: the vehicles, infrastructure, businesses and logistics, as well as the human aspects of operating, managing and using transport.

Our world-class facilities include high-performance wind tunnels, an off-road vehicle dynamics facility, a crash impact test centre (one of just three FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) approved test centres in the world) and our Accident Investigation Laboratory, which is dedicated to our work in aviation, marine and rail safety and the only accident investigation laboratory of its type outside the United States. We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our world-leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation in 2011.

Completed in 2017, our latest facility, the Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation, is a £19 million ‘smart’ roadway test environment for the development of intelligent and autonomous vehicles, making it a UK first. It includes the associated systems needed to integrate emerging technologies into our day-to-day lives.

A new £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre will also be built at Cranfield to spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology, and a new state-of-the-art digital control tower, which replicates what can be seen through the windows of a traditional air traffic control tower via a live feed using HD cameras and sensors, is being installed at Cranfield Airport.