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Student Car Uses Fully Recyclable Materials

This year’s University of Hertfordshire’s Formula Student car will use a new fully recyclable material which has potential for use in the UK automotive industry.

This year’s car, which will be unveiled at the Annual Celebration of UH Projects at the University’s de Havilland campus on Thursday (3 July), has a ninety-two brake horsepower engine and uses a new material called Pure, costs less than fifty pence per square metre. It is now ready to race at the Formula Student competition which takes place at Silverstone from 10-13 July 2008.

“We are very excited about Pure,” said Ian Burgess, this year’s Formula Student team leader. “In previous years, we used carbon fibre everywhere; Pure is much more environmentally-friendly and is a third lighter than aluminium with the same stiffness. This coupled with the increased horsepower of this year’s car makes us definite contenders to win Formula Student.”

In keeping with the ‘green’ theme, the University’s new Formula Student Hydrogen Powered Car will also be unveiled, ready to compete in the first ever low carbon fuel category in the competition.

The car, which will run on completely renewable fuel, will have no carbon dioxide emissions and will have power comparable to an equivalent petrol car.

The Annual Celebration of UH Projects event will also include a University Space Plane, rockets, the University Competition Hovercraft and the University British University Karting Competition team.

The event will be held in the Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, AL10 9EU on Thursday 3 July from 6-8pm.

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