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15. November 2017 Lukáš Mácha

Motorsport Engineering?

People keep asking me: „What is the course you are studying? What is it like? What are you doing there, anyway?“ And that is why I would like to use this blog as an explanation for what I am actually studying.

When people hear the word „Motorsport“, most of them can only imagine beautiful girls alongside the top drivers in F1 or WRC Championships or a scene from the Fast & Furious franchise, where Vin Diesel and Paul Walker tune their cars for illegal street races. Just a handful of those who hear that word imagine the action that happens behind the scene, the one which cannot be seen in their TV on Sunday, the one, which is in my opinion, being neglected by casual fans.

What I am talking about is the huge amount of technicians and engineers from all different branches working on the race car preparation, development, those pushing the limits of technologies way beyond any expectations. Their work determines the way this world points.

This leads us to the main idea of today’s blog. In 3 years of my Bachelor’s Degree, the amount of learning grows rapidly from the basics from the 1st year, where the fundamental technology was taught all the way to the complex stuff that is involved in real world. My modules consist of a Chassis Engineering which involves everything from tires, rims, chassis to steering and braking systems, Applied Analytical Methods which is an Applied Math and Physics focusing on problems within my interest area such as Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Aero, force calculations, energy etc. Furthermore, I have been learning about Materials, CAD Design, next semester includes Powertrain Engineering, Structural Analysis and many more. All my modules are interrelated so it very clear how the stuff I learn in one module can be practically applied in another discipline.

I have heard people saying that the course I study cannot be studied at a university in Czech Republic or that they have never heard about it. They are struggling with a picture of a University student who spends his time in workshop taking stuff apart, turning or milling. My answer to this is very simple: ”Well, I guess that is difference between the educational systems.“ I feel like I am being prepared for the real world challenge after I finish the University which builds up my confidence and propells me in my academic career. I am very thankfull for the support of The Kellner Family Foundation because I would never get the opportunity to be where I am without these people.       

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