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Cas­tle Combe Centre

Cas­tle Combe is the home of our uni­ver­si­ty lev­el motor­sport cen­tre, the UK’s first track­side cen­tre for motor­sport engi­neer­ing where we deliv­er degrees at an inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned race­track in the heart of Wiltshire.

The £1.25 mil­lion spe­cial­ist facil­i­ty pro­vides an indus­try-stan­dard envi­ron­ment for our stu­dents to learn in, enabling them to expe­ri­ence the real-life thrills and pres­sures of work­ing in the motor­sport are­na by work­ing on cars that com­pete on a reg­u­lar basis. 


Motorsport Engineering students stood around race car with someone sat inside it
two male motorsport engineering students working together
motorsport engineering students together, one sat in a race car

Why Study at Cas­tle Combe?

Our teach­ing cen­tre at Cas­tle Combe is the only track­side facil­i­ty for high­er edu­ca­tion in motor­sport engi­neer­ing in the coun­try. Study­ing track­side gives our stu­dents a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to put their learn­ing into prac­tice on a reg­u­lar basis. They build, work on and test cars that go out on the track, from ral­ly cars to For­mu­la Fords. Stu­dents also net­work at the track, spend­ing time in the pad­dock on test and race days talk­ing to race teams and gain­ing first-hand insights into their futures. Our teach­ing and tech­ni­cal staff have years of expe­ri­ence work­ing in both rac­ing and ral­ly­ing, and are able to pro­vide our stu­dents with one-to-one, indi­vid­ual sup­port through­out their time at Wilt­shire Col­lege & Uni­ver­si­ty Centre.

I love work­shop lessons and trans­form­ing the race cars. It’s amaz­ing to know what you start­ed with and then see what ends up on the track as a result of your own work.

Aaron Glen­cross, FdEng Motor­sport Engineering

Our Facil­i­ties

With the most cars of any motor­sport teach­ing cen­tre and indus­try-stan­dard equip­ment includ­ing a wind tun­nel, CAD engi­neer­ing and 3D print­ers, our facil­i­ties are unparalleled. 

The 6,500 square-foot cen­tre includes two class­rooms, a sev­en-car work­shop and an engine and a machine work­shop, all spe­cial­ly man­u­fac­tured to deliv­er our high­er edu­ca­tion motor­sport courses.

Stu­dents work on and devel­op a vari­ety of motor­sport vehi­cles includ­ing FF1600s, MG ZR ral­ly cars, and Hon­da Civics, putting them through their paces in mul­ti­ple cham­pi­onships includ­ing the Cas­tle Combe FF1600 Cham­pi­onship and the Cas­tle Combe Hot Hatch series.

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