Team DIT excels in Formula Student at Silverstone

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The DIT Team at the Formula Student competition

20th July 2010

A team of students from the DIT School of Manufacturing and Design and   Mechanical and Transport Engineering   competed in the highly competitive Formula Student Class 2 competition at   Silverstone last week.  Competing for the first time, the DIT team scored an   exceptional 78% mark in all three categories at the event. The DIT event marks   were the fourth highest out of twenty-three teams from across Europe, many of whom are regular entrants in this   competition.

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The DIT car!

The competition is the biggest educational motorsport event in Europe. It challenges university students to design and build a single seat racing car and compete with it in a series of static and dynamic events. The technology and performance of the cars is tested while each team has to demonstrate their understanding of the design and present their costs and business proposal. Teams are scored on their car’s performance, on the engineering behind the design and on their overall business proposal. The DIT team scored well in all three categories, but had the third highest score in the cost category.

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Mr. John Lawlor, Head of the School of Manufacturing and Design Engineering congratulated the student team and their academic mentors, led by Bill Reddington, Gerry Woods, Donal McHale and Derek McEvoy. “To have achieved so much at our first attempt to compete at this level was staggering so please take a bow! I congratulate every one of you, and I wish you every success in the future. I understand that the team received many compliments from judges and other competitors, and that you have been terrific ambassadors for DIT.”

The student team members were:
  • Niall Boxwell
  • Jim McConnell
  • Barry Devlin
  • Neil Kennedy
  • Allen Kenny
  • Alan Storey
  • Daire McCabe
  • David Boylan
  • Caoimhin McGovern
  • Alejandro Rodriguez
  • Kevin Kelly
  • Gerard Grindel 

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