Joining us in the Palmer Foundation Engineering village is the University of Bolton’s National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) which opened in September 2017 and offers a BSc and BEng (both in motorsport), covering design, manufacture and materials, as well as how to function in a top-level race team.
Its ethos is to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to train for careers in the world of motorsport.
The NCME has organised collaborations and internships with teams in the British Touring Cars Championship, British GT, British Rallycross, Fun Cup, the Porsche Carrera Cup with placements at top engineering companies, so we’re excited that they’re with us at this year’s Festival.
The NCME is led by director Mark Busfield, who brings 35 years’ experience in motorsport, from world rallying to touring cars and Le Mans endurance racing.
Test your racing skills in a state of the art driving simulator
During the Festival, you'll also be able to have a go in the NCME’s driving simulator which replicates speeding round the world’s top racing circuits.
In May, the NCME hosted the finals of the ROKiT-Racing Star F4 Esports Programme which attracted more than 1,000 entrants, boys and girls, from diverse backgrounds from across the UK.
The teenage drivers raced in new, state-of-the-art Racing Unleashed simulators as part of the Racing Stars programme, devised by motorsport legend Bob Fernley.
The programme will cover the £500,000 combined costs of the two winners, a boy and girl, over a full season in Formula 4. It aims to find youngsters who struggle to access the tens of thousands of pounds needed to compete in motor racing.