Students step into fast lane

Students step into fast lane

Motor Vehicle students at South Essex College stepped into the fast lane with a visit to Mercedes World and Brooklands Museum.

The group, who study at the College’s Stephenson Road Campus, spent the morning at Mercedes World with a wide variety of cars ranging from £13,000 to in excess of £1m in value. They had the opportunity to explore new technologies being used in cars and took to the remote control circuit where they battled it out in their own grand prix.

The afternoon was spent at Brooklands Museum where the students learned about the history of the former airfield and race circuit. They even climbed the historic bank where many cars and motorcycles have met their match over the years before ending the day with an F1 simulation lap around the famous circuit.

Tutor Chris Otefisan said the day was enjoyable, but also helped inspire students.

He said: “One of the reasons for the visit was to show to students that there are so many different careers they can pursue, it’s not all about working in a traditional garage.

“Most mechanics in high end careers such as those working in formula one had to start somewhere, so it was a great opportunity for the students to think about where they want to aspire to be in the future.”

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