To be successful in professional racing means having the right talent and the right technology on hand. Drayson Racing Technologies is looking into the future of racing, and they see the all-electric Formula E series as a promising motorsport. To wit, Drayson Racing is launching an electric race car design challenge for first year design students, who will receive both a prize and the honor of seeing their design come to life as a real EV racer.
Drayson Racing currently campaigns the 200 mph B12/69EV racer, a very capable electric race car that has no real opponents. That will hopefully soon change as the Formula E season starts to take shape, with current plans set for a 2014 opening season.
While the FIA will allow Formula E competitors to opt into buying a pre-selected EV racer, they also welcome other designs. Bluebird Racing already has a design they hope to enter in Formula E, and Drayson Racing is hoping that this design challenge will provide a winning design that they can compete with. The contest is open to students at the Royal College of Art’s Vehicle Design program in London.
It is a rare opportunity to first-year design students to get to have a chance to see one of their designs built, and maybe even raced. This is the kind of education we should be promoting, period. How much more motivation does one need than to see a design of your own making zipping down the racetrack at incredible speeds? I can’t wait to see what these kids come up with.
Source: Drayson Racing Technologies