Wales' Peter Hain to test SMU's race car

Cabinet Minster to Get Behind the Wheel of Uni Race Car Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Hain, will get behind the wheel of one of Swansea Metropolitan University's fleet of motorsport vehicles during a visit to the University's new ...

Cabinet Minster to Get Behind the Wheel of Uni Race Car

Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Hain, will get behind the wheel of one of Swansea Metropolitan University's fleet of motorsport vehicles during a visit to the University's new facilities at the famous Pembrey Circuit, next week.

Mr Hain will follow in the tracks of the greats of world motorsport when he takes to the Carmarthenshire circuit next Monday 7th September. He will be given a tour of Swansea Met's Vehicle Dynamics Centre and will officially launch the university's new BSc (Hons) degree in Motorsport Technology.

The Vehicle Dynamics Centre has been developed by Swansea Metropolitan University with the British Automobile Racing Club at Pembrey Circuit and with the support of the Welsh Assembly Government. It consists of a fully fitted 144 m2 workshop for car preparation and data analysis, a 50m diameter steering pad and a classroom facility with additional access to the kart track and race circuit itself.

Swansea Met's popular motorsport portfolio of programmes will increase this September with the introduction of a new degree in motorsport technology. It provides a route to an honours degree that will be appropriate for those wishing to enter the engineering profession at Incorporated Engineer level. It will have an emphasis on developing and supporting the know-how necessary to apply technology to engineering problems and processes, and to maintain and manage current technology at peak efficiency.

Motorsport Technology joins the list of other internationally renowned titles such as Motorsport Engineering and Design, Motorsport Manufacturing Engineering and Motorsport Management, all offered at Swansea Met. The Motorsport Engineering and Design programme was the first of its kind in the world and was launched in 1998.

During his visit, Mr Hain will drive the university's latest acquisition, an MCR Sports 2000 racing car which is manufactured in St David's, Pembrokeshire. The latest incarnation of the Lampeter -built Darrian, now very successful in its current GTR rally form, will also be on site along with a range of Swansea Met motorcycles.

Swansea Met's successful Formula Student team will be offering their expert opinion on the Minister's driving as they show off their world conquering FS car, in which they recently confirmed themselves as best in Wales, top three in the UK and, even more impressively, top ten in the world, after the globe's biggest student motorsport competition, Formula Student 2009 at Silverstone.

Head of Automotive Engineering at Swansea Met, Roger Dowden said: "We are delighted to have Peter Hain back with us again. He has long supported our motorsport engineering programmes, visiting the university on a number of occasions and arranging for Sir Jackie Stewart to visit the university in 2003. In 1998, he launched the BEng Motorsport Engineering and Design degree programme at the circuit and was able drive the university's Darrian GT car that was, at the time, competing in the British GT Championship."

Earlier this year, on the eve of the British Grand Prix, Motorsport legend Sir Jackie Stewart, passionately defended the need for the world's showpiece motorsport event, Formula One, to continue its British stage of the championship by highlighting the skills and talent within Swansea Met's motorsport programmes.

Swansea Met is a Motorsport Academy UK Recognised Educator (HE) and a partner of EEMS (Energy Efficient Motorsport).

Swansea Metropolitan University would like to acknowledge the help and support of all those at the Pembrey Circuit.

-credit: smu

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