Wolverhampton student helps design part for sports car

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Daniel Bird
Daniel Bird

A University of Wolverhampton engineering student has helped design a unique exhaust component for a prestigious sports car.

Daniel Bird, 26 from Staffordshire, is studying for a Motorsport Engineering degree in the School of Engineering at Telford Innovation Campus.

The School of Engineering was approached to design and manufacture a bespoke exhaust trim for a Pagani Huayra car that will be driven to Europe to take part in an exhibition. Working closely with the client, Torus Technology Group, Dan developed the design using Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology and prototype models to create a final product made from Titanium.

Paul Bates, Technical & Business Resource Manager at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus, said: “Daniel worked closely with the client on the project outside of his academic and motorsport activities, gaining some valuable live work experience, to create the final product which was commended by Horacio Pagani, the founder of Italian speciality auto-maker, Pagani Automobili.”

Daniel said: “Getting the chance to work with Torus Technology Group on a sports car produced by Pagani, one of the greatest Italian sports car manufacturers in the world, was an amazing opportunity.

“Thanks to the skills and techniques I obtained through my studies and Motorsport activities, I was able to interpret the client’s ideas into a design best suited for the Huayra’s unique style. Then to receive the word that Horacio Pagani commended my work was truly something special to me.”

Daniel is now working on a second design for a Pagani Zonda.

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