University of Wales Trinity Saint David is one of the leading Universities in the UK for Motorsport education, and has consistently placed highly in Formula Student, a competition between automotive Universities around the world. In 2010/11 the university expanded its opportunities for students by forming Swansea Motorsport.
The inital Monoposto project was originally conceived by University Lecturer Tim Tudor, from the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, to give experience to students and expand the portfolio of activities undertaken by the university's students. The project supplements the other current motorsport activities at the university, which include rallying, hillclimbing and sprinting. Started as a student-run project, Swansea Motorsport had backing from the university and competed in the Monoposto Championship in 2013 after two successful seasons in Formula 4.
For the 2014 season, the team of students and staff who gained 2 podiums and 2 Driver of the Day trophies in the Monoposto Championship decided to retire the car and move on to a new challenge: The Sports 2000 Championship running an MCR race car. The team is running in the same championship again for the 2015 season.
The team, comprised of Engineering and Management students, has the opportunity to gain experience of developing and running a 2 litre sports racing car in a ‘real world’ environment against professional teams. Students can put theoretical knowledge into practical use and gain skills for their future careers in industry.
The new series and car makes the project very exciting and the staff and students are looking forward to competing in the championship! The car is a new challenge, but being younger than the Formula Renault, the Team are excited to work with a new car and hope to continue the success achieved in previous years with the MCR.