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Students aim for pole position in the Santander Universities Racing Championship

They competed in a professional Formula 1 racing simulator during Welcome Week
by Sophie

nullHundreds of City students have taken part in the Santander Universities Racing Championship which involves more than 30 institutions across Europe. Participants raced against each other, using specially designed F1 simulators, for the chance to win a trip to the Ferrari Driver Academy in Italy.

The simulator closely resembles the real life experience of driving a Formula 1 car with direct contact between the driver and their team, 3D imaging and the replication of g-force effects. A specially designed motorhome which houses five simulators visited each University to enable students to compete.

nullCity University London was one of only three British institutions selected to participate. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran, commented:

"This was a tremendous experience for our students to enjoy as part of their first week at City. Santander is a very good friend to the University and this initiative helps us to promote the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics which contribute to the success of Formula 1 racing".

The Champion from each of the European universities will be invited to Santander's Head Office in Madrid, Spain to compete in the grand final. The overall winner of the championship will visit the Ferrari Driver Academy in Vallelunga, Italy. Luis Juste, Director of Santander Universities UK, commented:

"City University London, through its Cass Business School, was the first partner of Santander Universities in the UK. Bringing the Motorhome to City has been a celebration of the strong partnership that we have forged over the past few years. Students and staff have both enjoyed the thrilling experience of competing in a F1 simulator and we hope Santander Universities will continue to add value to the student experience at City University London for many years".

Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, signed a collaboration agreement with City University London in 2007. Santander has similar agreements with over 1,040 universities in 20 different countries.

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