College Students in McLaren Pit Stop Challenge
Students from the City of Liverpool College were given a chance to test their mechanical skills recently on one of the latest examples in racing car technology from a leading manufacturer in the motor racing industry.
The McLaren Formula One challenge saw nine mechanics students from The City of Liverpool College battle against other teams from around the city, aiming to complete a pit stop on a McLaren MP4-30 F1 car in the fastest time. There was a ‘Top Gear’ style leader board to show the fastest times of competitors, giving the college team a constant update on their progress on the day.
Students from the college impressed the McLaren team with an incredible pit stop time of 3.69 seconds, narrowly missing out on the top spot which was taken by the Liverpool Echo team.
Student Steven Murray (30) said: “I’ve been interested in engineering since I was young and this year I started the course at the college as part of my drive to turn my life around. It’s great to have this unique experience as part of my learning. It is worlds apart from what I imagined myself doing this time last year and it is brilliant.”
Peter Walsh, head of the college’s engineering and logistics school, said: “We practice this type of thing at school but never before with cars of this kind! We always try to give our students the best possible experience and it is brilliant that they are able to take part in this unique pit stop challenge from McLaren.
“Our motor vehicle engineering section is one of the most successful in the country, with a 90% success rate and projects like this help to give an extra boost of inspiration to the students; it demonstrates the range of opportunities available to them when they finish their course. This is a specialist career path but it doesn’t mean that it’s not possible for them to work their way into it.”
The McLaren 570S and 650S road cars were also on display throughout the event as well as a F1 simulator for those looking to test their skills in the most realistic cockpit experience available.