Darren Turner’s Base Performance Simulators played host to four Formula Student teams today as the young engineers prepare for the climax of this year’s competition at Silverstone this weekend.
The simulator at BPS provided the students with the opportunity to develop their driving skills before they take to the track at Silverstone in what will be one of the biggest tests of their ability so far.
Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Formula Student is the world’s largest student motorsport competition and has become one of the best training grounds for young engineers. In 2012 around 130 teams from 34 countries are taking part by designing, building and ultimately racing their own single-seater racing cars.
“Motorsport takes the best people from every discipline and Formula Student is a very good way of showcasing young engineering talent right under the noses of the industry,” said Turner. “As a racing driver I know first hand how vital it is to have talented engineers so this has been a good opportunity for me to play a part in the process of finding the next generation of engineers.”
Darren was on hand today, along with Rob Bell, Max Coates and Josh Webster, to coach the drivers in the simulator so that they made the most of the time they had to practice.
“It’s good to see the students applying themselves to this,” said Turner. “They all want to win and are working very hard to make sure they are ready for Silverstone. I think they’ve realised today that the relationship between driver and engineer is very important and they are all communicating very well now.”
With many of the Formula Student alumni going on to take up senior positions in F1 teams the students know that what they do now counts.
“I think we’ve all benefitted from our time at BPS today,” said Adam Boix, an engineering student from Brunel University. “This is a massive opportunity for us and we are getting so much real world engineering experience and that can only be of benefit to our future careers.”
Darren will be at Silverstone this Friday to see some of the Formula Student teams in action.