After several months of work, the students of the Master’s Degree in Competition Engineering have seen their own kart roll. The vehicle was designed by the students as part of their end-of-the-year project.
Quique Bordas was in charge of driving it at the Karting Club Vendrell.
Such an achievement was possible thanks to Repsol scholarship, the main driving force behind the project along with several key and technical collaborators.
The kart designed by the students of the Master’s Degree in Competition Engineering from Monlau Repsol Technical School as part of their end-of-the-year project has become a reality. The model, sporting a Monlau chassis and Rotax Mini engine (aimed at 7 to 11 year-old racers), has taken its first laps at the Karting Club Vendrell with young Quique Bordas behind the wheel. The driving test has been the zenith of great teamwork and numerous hours of dedication to take the kart from the PC to the circuit.
The kart was designed and manufactured according to the guidelines from 16 students doing the Master’s Degree: a real challenge that has lasted for eight months. First, a market research was conducted and specific objectives were set and shared with Seijo Kart, which gave the official approval. From then on, manufacturing of the chassis, the main structure, and the rest of components until assembly -including the Rotax Mini engine handed over by Korridas- followed. Putting the kart on the race track has been the final step to check its efficiency and see how tune-up changes affect the chassis, thanks to the acquisition of AIM data.
“It’s been a unique experience because it helped complement the theory and take it to the race circuit. We are very excited because we have worked on a project we love and we’ve made a great effort. It has finally come true thanks to the support of Seijo -the chassis manufacturer- and all the collaborators that have provided us with material and have passed on all their knowledge to create a kart that matches the competition”, admitted Albert Sánchez, one of the students at the Master’s Degree in Competition Engineering at Monlau Repsol Technical School.
His fellow student Jaime Herranz, added “the kart has gone beyond our initial expectations. We wanted to build it and make it roll but it did so at really high standards. We are happy to see the result of so many months of effort and dedication that allowed us to learn a lot.”
Quique Bordas – a young but experienced racer- testified the competitiveness of the new kart prepared for Beginner, Teenage, Cadet and Mini categories and was proud to be the chosen one for the test: “I’m delighted to be part of this experience and be able to help the students of the Master’s Degree at Monlau Repsol Technical School to develop their new chassis. I really had fun driving this new kart.”
David Simón, Technical Director of the Department of Motor Racing Competition at Monlau Repsol Technical School, and project leader defines it as a “passionate challenge.” According to him, the main goal is “giving our students the tools, contacts and knowledge to be ready for the Competition labour market, knowing all kind of suppliers and companies of the trade. We also convey the premise of manufacturing products that are competitive and efficient and at the same time include other aspects such as marketing or a commercial approach, which is essential for any motorsport product”.
“After seeing it roll, it’d be great to see a single-brand Cup with our own chassis and Rotax engines, managed by Monlau Repsol Technical School. This would allow us to close the educational cycle of our school as we could train young racers (6 to 8 years old), mechanics as well as engineers”, an excited David Simón adds.
The project could come true thanks to Repsol scholarship -promoter of the initiative to manufacture a kart- and to the rest of key collaborators like Galfer, supplier of the brake pads; AIM –in charge of data purchase- and Rotax, which provided the Mini engine.
It is worth highlighting the help of technical collaborators like Seijo Kart (manufacture and authorizations), Kids to win (kart assembly and consulting), GoPro (POV), AsorCad (scanning of parts), Karting Club Vendrell, Lucky Design (design), Recam Làser (cutting and machining), Marc Gené Racing (racer outfit), Tillet (seat) and Dovite (marking).
Monlau Repsol Technical School would like to thank them all for their involvement in the project.