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Nigerian Engineering Students Win Global Race Car Design Competition

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Sept 14, 2012 –  Nigerian Engineering Students Win Global Race Car Design Competition

Amidst Nigeria’s struggle for relevance in the global technology sphere, some Nigerian undergraduates have imprinted the country’s name on the stone by clinching the title for the Best African representative and Best New Comers at the July 2012 Formula Student Competition where they were charged with the  task of designing and constructing a formula race car race competition

The Nigerian undergraduates (christened The NUTA_BOLTS Team) who are currently studying for a various Engineering degrees at the Anambra State University were Nigeria’s sole representative at the annual event whose 2012 series took place in Silverstone Circuit, Northampton, UK. Six other African universities (five from Egypt and one from South Africa) also participated in the competition the competition that drew contestants from 222 universities around the globe.

The Formula Student is an educational motorsport competition, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), in partnership with various well-known companies in the industry. It promotes careers and excellence in engineering, by challenging university students from across the globe to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team with a small single sitter racing car. It provides the students with a real-life exercise in design and manufacture and the business elements of automotive engineering. It teaches them all about team work, working under pressure and to tight timescales. It demands total commitment, lots of late nights, and many frustrations and challenges along the way, but the net result is the development of highly talented young engineers.

The competition starts at the beginning of the university year when teams start to design their cars. They are to assume that a manufacturing firm has commissioned them to produce a prototype car for the non-professional autocross or sprint racer sales market with the intention of selling one thousand units.  To encourage innovation, there are very few restrictions on the overall vehicle design. Successful teams are those who produce a car that is not only fast and reliable, but also low in cost and easy to maintain. The car’s marketability is also enhanced by other factors such as aesthetics, driver comfort and the use of common parts.

The competition offers team the opportunity to undertake real-life challenges and logistics, and develop the skills they will need when they go on work in industry.

For the NUTA_BOLTS boys whose design was judged the 7th Overall Best, fame didn’t just come. They have been working laboriously since 2008 forging seemingly trivial but ingenious designs. The first design they embarked on then was that of a unique Nut and Bolt which gave them the name (The Nuta_Bolts). They went further designing many other components like the key-holder-opener using the conventional lathe machine, they also modeled the speed cone of a lathe machine and later designed a miniature camera. They were on plans to designing and producing a multiple Grinding Machine when the IMechE team visited their school.

Twenty one in number, the team, whom Professor Bamiro (former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan) suggests would make good technopreneurs is armed with strong willed and motivated students from the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering organizing themselves as a modern company.

The team according to team Leader, Onyenanu Ifeanyichukwu “has already kicked off preparation module to build the car and race it in Silverstone by July, 2013.”

As contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the 21st COREN Assembly where the NUTA_BOLTS team presented a lecture, the government has been “requested to financially support the team to enable them develop, fabricate and commission the race car”. (Source: The Engineering Network)



  1. Anonymous

    September 15, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    Impressive, keep it up and hopefully that Federal government will not allow them abandon this due to lack of fund.

  2. Elvis Udegbunam

    September 15, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    yep I know they will win.

  3. tito

    September 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    WOW! This is a major milestone….keep it up….you are an inspiration.

  4. Ediongsenyene Clement Ntekpere

    September 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    impressive and quite encouraging.

  5. chinonso

    September 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    congrats dear, u are blessed…..

  6. Adebayo A Ajongolo

    September 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Great one…Engineering aloha………

  7. Africanshop

    September 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    So proud of you boy. I’m always so happy to hear nigerians achieving great things. i feel so proud to be a nigerian whenever i hear or see such achievements.

  8. Inainfe Ngo

    September 15, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    that's good nigerians are getting better and better every day.

  9. frank

    September 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Once it moves!it`s mechanical,Ifeanyi Onyenanu a.k.a liquid you guys rock we are happy for you guys keep it up

  10. Michael

    September 22, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    You guys are trying but i would have preffered may be you designed a four stroke engine that could power a motor vehicle a petrol engine with a good cooling ,brake and lubricating system thanks for making nigeria proud

  11. Muhammad Lawan

    October 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    great, congrtas, the sky is your limit.

  12. samueltruth

    May 5, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    i cat believe dat coming nigeria student….come on u are guyz are bless frm G od keep it on……

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