MTC engineers break two world records

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Graduate engineers from the Manufacturing Technology Centre have broken two world records for a human-powered hand-driven vehicle. MTC graduates Leandre Mestre Garcia and Stephen Perry, who have recently completed a Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Liverpool, were part of the Arion Project team that has just smashed the world records at the Human Powered World Speed Challenge in Nevada.

Riders included Paralympian gold and silver medal winner Karen Darke MBE, who surpassed her previous female world record, reaching 46.05 mph, while rider Ken Talbot broke the male world record at 51.86 mph, making him the fastest human ever riding an arm-powered vehicle.

The Arion team is made up of engineering students from the University of Liverpool who have been designing and building speed bikes for the annual event since 2013.

Coventry-based MTC operates a manufacturing technology facility in Liverpool to support manufacturing growth and innovation in the region. Based in the Peter Jost Enterprise Centre, the MTC@LJMU is home to 16 engineers and business development staff. MTC engineers and apprentices at Coventry helped the Arion project by CNC machining the formwork for the bike's carbon-fibre body.

Charles Whitford, technology manager leading the MTC's Liverpool operation says they were delighted to support the Arion Project. "This has been an exciting project for the students and the team has done fantastically well to break these two world records. I was a lecturer for Leandre and Stephen in their first year at Liverpool, so they have come full circle and we look forward to welcoming them back from Nevada.”

The MTC is part the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.