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Students from Coventry University competing in world race car contest

Student speed demons are getting their race cars out of their garages in Coventry to take part in a contest.

Coventry University’s Phoenix Racing are going to race more than 130 teams from rival universities at Silverstone.

The team is made up of 24 motorsport engineering students who have built a single-seater racing car for £12,000.

They will be driving the car in the world’s largest student motorsport, the 2012 Formula Student competition.

The team is hoping to improve on their performance last year when they finished in the top 20 and won the Most Fuel-efficient Car award.

They will be racing against student teams from around the world including Europe, America and South Africa and the Middle East

Stuart Eardley, Phoenix Racing team leader, said: “We can’t wait to get out there on the circuit at Silverstone.

“This year we’re trying to raise our game significantly and we have two key aims – to win the fuel efficiency award for the second year running and to finish in the top ten overall.

“It’s an ambitious target, but we think we’ve come up with a pretty innovative design which should give us an edge over a lot of teams.”

The team has built the 100mph machine from scratch at their university’s state-of-the-art motorsport workshop.

The car weigh just 200 kilograms and includes a 65bhp Kawasaki motorbike engine which can take the car from zero to 60mph in less than three seconds.

The students had help from the university’s world-renowned automotive design course to help them design the car’s carbon fibre bodywork.

Stuart said: “Formula Student isn’t solely about clinching the victory. It gives us all a huge boost in the employability stakes. Most employers are aware of the event and how the team work and technical aspects can benefit potential future employees, so by performing well it gives us an opportunity to stand out.”

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