The Perse School

Full Throttle Education

27 Sep 2012

A group of Sixth Formers interested in studying Engineering recently visited the Jaguar Land Rover Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

The site is used for the design and development of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. It houses a design, research and development centre and extensive test track facilities.  The program for the day included tours around many departments on the site. Particular highlights included; ‘Strength and Durability’ where tests are carried out on components and suspension systems, ‘Climatic Wind Tunnel’ where vehicles are tested in extreme conditions, and ‘Rapid Prototyping’ where components are manufactured to speed up design and development of present and future models.

The main excitement of the trip came from a thrill seeking off-road 4×4 experience ride and a visit to the world-class 3D Virtual Reality Cave, where the computer models that may end up creating the next generation of vehicles can be visualised in immense detail in 3D. 

The day was a fantastic opportunity for the group to see advanced engineering at work and it was enjoyed by all.

This was the only photo allowed to be taken as cameras were restricted on site because of competition secrecy!

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