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Cycling Test Lab launched at Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub

By Stephen Emerson
27 June 2022
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A new Cycling Test Lab designed to help students develop their engineering skills has been launched at the Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub (SSEH).

The Lab is an extension of SSEH'S aerodynamic test facility and R&D tools and services offered to sports engineering which has received £800,000 of Local Growth Funding from the Bucks Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

An allocation of £350,000 has been put towards the Cycling Test Lab at Silverstone University Technical College (UTC), this facility will give students at the college access to three specialist rigs which will allow them to apply their learning to real world applications.

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£450,000 has been put towards a pedaling rig which will be homed at SSEH and an initial version is due to be completed by the end of 2022.

The facility will give students at the college access to three specialist rigs which will allow them to apply their learning to real world applications.

SSEH Managing Director Rob Lewis said: “It’s great to bring together business and education in a way that will inspire the students and allow them to participate in real world engineering. We expect the next phase of this project, the development of a pedalling test rig at SSEH, to be completed by the end of 2022.”

The Cycling Test Lab was launched on June 17 at an open morning attended by 80 guests made up of Bucks LEP representatives, existing SSEH customers and industry delegates.

Neil Patterson, Principal, Silverstone UTC said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with SSEH on this project. While it’s not unusual for businesses to work with universities on this kind of project, partnering with a school such as the UTC is quite unique and gives our students an unprecedented opportunity not only to learn some mechanical principles and their applications, but also to develop their skills in lab work and research which will help set them apart when it comes to university and apprenticeship applications.”

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