BMW and Brookes help students up a gear

Tuesday, 15 January 2008


Oxford Brookes' engineers are welcoming the presentation of MINI and BMW cars to the University for use by its automotive engineering students.

Oxford Brookes’ engineers are welcoming the presentation of MINI and BMW cars to the University for use by its automotive engineering students.

On Tuesday 15 January the two cars were presented to Brookes’ School of Technology by Oliver Zipse, Plant Director of the MINI Plant in Oxford. The cars, a MINI Cooper S and a BMW 118d, are development test cars and will enable automotive engineering students to learn more about the details of car design, as well as chassis suspension characteristics.

Dr Denise Morrey, Dean of the School of Technology said: “We are delighted to be working closely with BMW to ensure that our students are given practical experience with cars that lead the field in engine and chassis design. The relationship between Brookes and BMW Group Plant Oxford is one we value highly, and we are very pleased that together we can ensure our engineers of the future reach the very highest standards.”

Automotive Engineering at Oxford Brookes is going from strength to strength. The gift of the two cars comes after twice F1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso, began his sponsorship of 12 students to study at Brookes, and after Abbey Santander announced their sponsorship of the development of a hybrid car (which runs a petrol-electric system) to participate in the Student Formula racing competition.

The MINI Plant in Oxford is one of BMW Group’s most modern production sites and produces all MINIs for markets around the world.

Oliver Zipse, Plant Director said: “We’re proud of the strong links that we have with Oxford Brookes University, and we are delighted to be able to give these two development test cars to the School of Technology for the students to work with in the laboratories.

“In addition to a thorough theoretical education, practical hands on experience is fundamental to the professional training of engineers, and so I hope that the students feel that these cars will help put their academic knowledge into practice.”

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