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University of Wolverhampton students unveil new Formula 3 car

Institute is only university to be running a Formula 3 car in this year's championships

Engineering students from the Black Country have today unveiled their new Formula 3 Cup Championship racing car in Birmingham.

The students from the University of Wolverhampton are the only ones from a university competing in this season's competition.

It will take in 17 rounds at courses such as Spa Francorchamps in Belgium and British circuits, Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park.

Last year, in their debut season, the race team students ran a Formula Renault 2.0 in the Monoposto 2000 Championship, achieving two victories and six places on the podium.

Engineering students at Wolverhampton are taught how to run a car professionally to the standard of a Formula 1 team under the guidance of professional motorsport engineer Matt Fenton and professional driver and mentor Shane Kelly.

The institute is investing £12 million in its engineering facilities in Telford which will see the creation of design, development and testing space, motor racing workshops and two car bays to support the students' work on the Formula 3 car.

David Tucker, team principal and principal lecturer in motorsport, said: "The massive investment that has gone into our facilities provides a really attractive course offering for students who want to study engineering.

"We have committed sponsors on board, students have their own car to work on and we're competing in a fantastic championship with F3 Cup."

The first race of this season takes place next month at Donington Park.

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