Year 12 Design & Technology students had the opportunity to visit the Global Technologies Racing team at their headquarters on Tuesday 21st November. GTR has decades of experience and success within high level motorsport. Their exceptional work has resulted in supplying to a broad range of industries, including Aerospace and Defence, which has led to them being at the forefront within their industry of composite materials. GTR produce exceptionally high-quality products that clients have come to expect. From Formula One chassis to wishbone covers, or ballistic resistant vehicles to aircraft lift rafts. Structural or non-structural parts - no matter how small or large the production, GTR work or design and develop to the exact needs of their clients.
Year 12 Design & Technology students study the theory of composite materials, and the trip to GTR allowed this theory to be contextualised within the real world. Students undertook a tour of the factory seeing first-hand the process of a flat sheet of carbon fibre transformed into a Formula One car part.
After the tour students worked hand in hand with current 2nd year GTR apprentices in a design workshop to show the lamination processes in a practical way. Our Design students engaged fully and learnt industry skills and techniques which they could take away and apply to an exam question with confidence.
Throughout the visit staff at GTR were very impressed with our students’ enthusiasm and skills.
Mr J Bonney, Head of Faculty Design & Technology