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Friday, 20 July 2012

Cape Speed team return home

CPUT’s Cape Speed team return from the finals at the International Formula Student (FS) motorsport today.

They are the first African team to ever qualify for the event which takes place at Silverstone in the UK and placed 65th out of 132 overall and came 27th out of 132 for the endurance stage of the event.

Isobel Pollock, President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the organisation which runs the competition, says that this is the first time in history that a team from Africa has made it through to the final dynamic tests. She also commented that never has a newcomer team presented a car with such immaculate finishing.

The Cape Speed team passed the ‘Static’ portion of the competition, where they were judged on business presentations skills, costing and sustainability, brake tests and design of the formula built car. They qualified and then moved onto the Dynamic phase, which took place on 14th July. This involved the team pitting their cars against the other teams through acceleration, skid pad and speed tests on the track before completing the final endurance race on 15th July.

Cape Speed team captain Kerwyn Lategan says he is proud of his team’s placing.

“We were proud to have completed the race. Our strategy involved the drivers being cautious, rather than being fast, which could have lead to our participation coming to a premature end,” says Kerwyn.

The team now embark on a campaign to raise awareness amongst aspiring engineers both at school and college level about CapeSpeed’s accomplishments.

By LAUREN KANSLEY

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za