One of the leading stars of GT Motorsport, Christian Engelhart drove into Coventry recently with a clear message to get more young people involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).
Christian Engelhart, factory driver for GT Motorsport team Lamborghini, marked his ongoing sponsorship deal with automotive supplier Brose by meeting hundreds of people at a special motorsport event held outside Coventry Transport Museum.
The current leader of the Blancpain GT Series spoke with fans, posed for photos and offered to sit in the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 he is currently racing.
He also used the opportunity to talk about his own love for manufacturing, his degree in mechanical engineering and the importance of teamwork.
Engelhart, who acts as an ambassador for Brose, explained: “If you are passionate about making things or working with the latest technology, there are few better careers to explore than engineering and manufacturing.
“I completed my studies while I was racing and what I learned certainly helps when I’m feeding back information to our team on performance and in how we set-up the car for future races.”
The event was held as part of Brose UK’s ongoing relationship with Coventry Transport Museum to get more young people interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).
This includes sponsoring a learning officer, who is expected to engage with more than 12,000 12-16 year-olds in a range of educational activities, including working on a land speed record project, recycling materials to make new machines and the Young Inventor’s Club.
Brose UK, which manufactures window regulators and seat structures for international carmakers, employs almost 1,000 people in Coventry. In December 2016, it announced a £10m investment in an advanced paint shop that can e-coat more than 3.5 million seats a year.
According to Brose’s Petra Hladka, it’s absolutely vital that more young people are encouraged to consider a career in engineering and manufacturing.