Motor vehicle students – Kit car adventure
Motor vehicle students at Dudley College of Technology have taken the exciting delivery of their very first Westfield sports kit car as part of a new initiative to drive up their skills base. The Westfield FW Special Edition Kit model, costing just over £20,000 will be used to teach the fundamentals of motor vehicle design and construction to Level 3 Motor Vehicle students at the college’s Wolverhampton Street campus.
The Lotus 7 inspired car, delivers the bare essentials of motoring and it is claimed gives the most exhilarating driving experience outside of a Formula 1 vehicle. With a new 2 litre Zetec engine, producing 150 Brake Horse Power and a glass fibre body the complex vehicle has almost 200 individual parts which the students will assemble during the course of their studies.
Based in an impressive factory block in Swinsford, Westfield have been creating high quality sports cars since 1982, right here in the heart of the Black Country. In recent years Westfield have seen a huge growth and demand in their business and in 2006, they became a part of Potenza Sports Cars Limited. Despite increased demand they have maintained the very high quality manufacturing standards that helped them make their name. This was recognised in 2009 when Westfield became the first niche vehicle manufacturer to be awarded European Small Series Production Status with its Sport Turbo model.
Simon Westwood, Westfield’s sales and marketing manager lead the sale and delivery of the Special Edition sports kit to Dudley College. Commenting on his visit he said: “I was very impressed with Dudley College’s facilities and the enthusiasm show by both staff and students.
Building a Westfield Sports car kit gives the students at Dudley College a full insight into the assembly of a complete vehicle from beginning to end. As all Westfields have fully adjustable suspension and a programmable Electronic Control Unit (ECU), this will give the students access to learning that can’t be taught on a standard production car.”
Construction and Motor Vehicle Curriculum Manager Dennis Stephens was on hand to take delivery of the vehicle with just some of the students who will work on the car. Commenting on the project he explained: “This new project will provide the motor vehicle students with a very useful and unique opportunity, which will allow them to gain practical hands on experience. This new project will aid their learning whilst giving them a real sense of achievement once they get the sports car up and running.”
Looking to the future Dennis added: “This is just the start of a stimulating journey for the Dudley College of Technology motor vehicle students. Once they have completed the construction of their Westfield sports car, they are looking to sell it to produce more profit to pump back into the motor vehicle department. We hope this will become a regular part of their learning programme.”
Westfield produce just over 400 cars a year so the opportunity to build one from scratch is a rare experience which the college is pleased to be offering as part of its curriculum.
For anyone interested in finding out more about Dudley College of Technology’s motor vehicle courses please visit www.dudleycol.ac.uk/motor-vehicle or ring 01384 363 000
For more information on Westfield motors please see their website on https://westfield-sportscars.co.uk/