University of Wolverhampton (UWR) Race Team engineering students have unveiled their 2018 MSVR Formula 3 Cup racing car at the £10 million Telford Innovation Campus.

The launch event saw team sponsors, students and staff gather together to see the new livery for the very first time ahead of the first race of the 2018 season.

For the past two years, UWR has taken second place in the national F3 Cup Driver’s Championship.

As the only University competing in the MSVR F3 Cup, UWR is taking part in all 17 rounds of the competition at world famous tracks including Brands Hatch, home of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone, and Donington Park.

An investment of £10 million in the University’s engineering facilities at its Telford Innovation Campus in Priorslee has created world class education facilities for engineering students including industry standard design, development and testing facilities. Students from across the School of Engineering and the wider University test, prepare and race the cars, learning all the skills required to be part of the highly competitive world of motorsport.

UWR takes part in the F3 Cup, the IMechE Formula Student competition, the British Hillclimb Championship (driven by University of Wolverhampton Honorary Graduate, Graham Wynn OBE) and also two Morgan development cars new for the 2018 season, the Plus 4 Club Sport, which the team are racing in this year’s AR Morgan Challenge on behalf of the Morgan Motor Company.

‌Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton and Chairman of the UWR race team said: “The significant investment we have made in engineering on the campus has provided us with facilities which are amongst the best in the country combined with a really attractive course offering for students who want to study engineering.

“With a competitive motor racing team and committed sponsors, our students have a real hands-on engineering experience which meets the needs of future employers.

“On behalf of UWR, we thank our sponsors for their contributions which make our success possible.”

Patrick Clarke, 21 from Stourbridge, a third year Engineering student, said:  “We’ve launched the new livery which reflects the University’s new brand.  We’re coming up to the start of the new F3 season and we’ve got big hopes for the competition this year.  We’ve come so close for the past two years and this year we’ll be pushing for first place.”

The first race event of the F3 Cup season takes place on 21st and 22nd April at Donington Park National.

UWR Team sponsors include FBC Manby Bowdler, Santander, the Engineering Integrity Society, EOS/Additive Minds, Wynn Developments, Pro-Fix Access, Midland Scaffolding Services, Tungaloy UK, Sercal NDT, Quickgrind, Beta Tools, Morris Lubricants, Graphite Additive Manufacturing, MTD CNC, Bri-Stor/Hex Vinyl, Crosslink Solutions, Lenovo, Zuken and Airweld.