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2012-07-13 14:58

STUDENTS RACE AT SILVERSTONE: CPUT engineering students built a race car that would be entered into a competition and raced at Silverstone.

Earlier in 2012 Wheels24 reported on a group of students from Cape Town that built a race car they would take to compete at Silverstone in England - scene a week previously of the British F1 GP.

Starting on July 11, 2012, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) team Cape Speed has been participating in Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition, Formula Student (FS), where they are pitting their car against 110 teams from around the world.


The Formula Student competition aims to inspire and challenge young engineers and universities to design and build a single-seat race car for the events. The car will be undergo a battery of static and dynamic tests at the Silverstone race circuit for a maximum of 1000 points.

South Africans can show their support for Cape Speed by powering - in real-time - a replica formula car around a Scalextric Silverstone race track, using the power of social networking.


Send out a tweet with the hashtag #capespeed or "like" the team’s Facebook page to send the car on one pace lap.

The fun kicks in when you go onto the Cape Speed website and get to programme the seven sectors on the race track with speeds varying between one and 10. Simply login with your Facebook details and you’re ready to race the car from wherever you are in SA or the world.

You can also check your lap time and where you are placed in the standings.

If you’re in Cape Town, head to Canal Walk where the 300-piece, 16m long track will be on display from July 13-15, 2012.

For more information visit:
    -   www.capespeed.co.za
    -   facebook.com/CPUTformulastudent
    -   @CPUTformulastud

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