Two automotive students from the Midlands have played a key role in a new 90 mph racing car which has been created from scratch.
Nadine Ross and Peter Lambert, who are both taking part in the Automotive Academy New Graduates Programme, have unveiled their debut IMechE Formula Student car.
'Academy Racing' will drive in the Class 1 (200) Series of the IMechE Formula Student competition at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire on July 8 to 10. It has been designed and manufactured by the ten students, often in their spare time.
Nadine from Birmingham, who works at BMW's Hams Hall engine plant, was programme manager, while Peter, from Solihull who works for Jaguar and Rover, helped with the body work, fit and finish.
It will be raced alongside 74 other entries from 18 different countries, including teams from Venezuela, India and Australia.
The IMechE Formula Student competition promotes careers and excellence in engineering, by challenging students to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single seater racing car.
This is the first time the Automotive Academy, which is run by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which organises the Automotive Academy, has entered the event.
A spokesman for the SMMT said: "The students have gone through university and done some of the theoretical and practical elements, but this is the first time they have worked as a unit to create a working car for racing conditions.
"They have had to source the cheapest and most effective engine parts, as well as find the tooling and suppliers.
"Then they have to create a business plan for if they were to make 1,000 cars
"It is an opportunity for the students to put all the elements of their training together."
The students on the Academy New Graduates Programme have spent the last eight months honing their engineering, communications, team-building and leadership skills as they begin their careers in the motor industry.
They recently spent a week learning new skills in team management and leadership at the Sandhurst Military College.
Ryan King from the Academy Racing team said: "We have spent months creating the car to our own design, sourcing the materials and generating sponsorship, so we are really looking forward to putting it through its paces in the next few weeks.
"We want to do the Academy proud at our first ever race meeting in July."
The Academy's New Graduate Programme manager, Bob Lyall, said: "The graduates have all learnt so much during the last eight months and we wish them well.
"The car looks great and I know that the new skills they have learnt through the course will help them in the years to come."