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Last Wednesday (23rd April) the University of Warwick Formula Student team (WFS) visited Priors Field Primary School in Kenilworth with their award-winning racing car, and took it for a spin around the playground to introduce the pupils to the exciting world of engineering.

The team of twelve engineering students from the University is taking part in a high profile project to design, assemble and test a prototype single-seater racing car which will be taken to compete at an international competition at Silverstone in July, just days after the annual Formula 1 race is held there.

For the full press release click here.


The team are currently working closely with sponsoring company Simpact to develop the W7 crash structure. Thanks to Simpact for their continuing support. We will have some cool videos showing how the car would respond to an impact.
In March, the WFS Team took to the Piazza in the centre of campus to promote the team alongside our supporters Land Rover Jaguar. The company brought along the brand new XF and a shiny new Range Rover.

Below: An image from the day.

The pits webcam is now officially up and running. You can watch the webcam by clicking on the Webcam button on the left menu bar, located just under the Video Gallery button. The webcam is currently set up in the New Pits area. If the bulk of our work moves to the Old Pits area, we will move the webcam so that you can still watch us work.
A few members of the team visited Andy Robinson Race Cars in Reading to see how the production of the W7 spaceframe is getting on. They also tested driver ergonomics and checked that no components fouled the spaceframe using our current setup.

See how they got on in the Photo Gallery.

The design of the University of Warwick's entry in Formula Student 2007, the W7, is nearing completion. We hope to have all of our parts ordered before Christmas so that when we return in the second term we will be able to begin construction immediately.

Click on the pictures below to see a preview of the design.

W7 Design W7 Design
Last week the WFS team took to the track at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground to initiate the first round of driver training and familiarisation with the previous team's car, the W6. We put the car through its paces, and it was an enjoyable day.

Check out the photos from the day in the Photo Gallery.

Last week the WFS team took last year's car, the 'W6' to Manufacturer Live 2007 in Coventry. It was great to meet so many industry contacts, and the team would like to thank everyone that showed interest in the car.

We also had the pleasure of meeting Dan Jones of the Lean Enterprise Institute, who tested out the car, and answered a few of the team's questions covering the application of lean thinking to the project. This year we are placing a special emphasis on using lean techniques in the development and manufacture of the 'W7'.

Below: Dan Jones testing out the 'W6'.

A very warm welcome from the new 2007/2008 Warwick Formula Student team. We have big plans for the season, and aim to have the new 2008 car fully designed by Christmas. Keep your eyes on the site, it will be heavily updated in the coming weeks, covering all aspects of our progress. It's going to be an exciting year!