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University of Bolton Cape, Welcome to the Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE) at the University of Bolton. CAPE is a leading centre for the study of automotive performance engineering and motorsport technology, and was the first in the UK to have an in-house and fully functioning international racing team based on a university campus.

Thanks to our high-octane partnerships – in the classroom, in the workshop and on the racetrack – you have the opportunity to gain hands-on real-life career experience and access to up-to-the-minute equipment, cars and amenities both on and off campus. Partnering with racing teams and seasoned professional racing drivers, CAPE aims to offer you a unique learning experience – you put in your hours in the lecture theatre like anyone else but when you get out on the track it’s for real.

In 2015, the University of Bolton announced a £13 million development project to house the next step in the evolution of motorsport education in the UK. The new National Centre for Motorsport Engineering, scheduled for completion in 2017, will become home to CAPE.

If you’re aiming for pole position on the career grid, you’ve come to the right place. Our primary objective is to prepare students for the best careers in motorsport and engineering.


The University of Bolton’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering currently offers two degree courses, each available full-time and part-time or full-time with a foundation year:

  • Automotive Performance Engineering BEng (Hons) [full-time] [part-time] [full-time with Foundation Year]
  • Motorsport Technology BSc (Hons) [full-time] [part-time] [full-time with Foundation Year]


There are wide-ranging career opportunities for those wishing to be part of this exciting and rewarding industry, not only are the wages attractive, but working as part of a team and achieving success in such a high-pressure sport is one of the best feelings in the world.

Of course, as with any industry, the best companies will attract the best employees – so if you want to be part of their success, you must work hard.

The National Centre for Motorsport Engineering is set to be the UK’s leading venture for motorsport engineering. Offering industry-driven and student-led academic programmes, it is aimed at forming outstanding engineers who shape the future of automotive development.

The University is investing £13 million in the build, designed to provide first-class facilities in an inventive environment that is unrivalled in academia.

Our Advanced Performance Engineering and Motorsport Technology degrees will offer students access to the most contemporary equipment in this purpose-built environment, cementing the University of Bolton as a leader in automotive performance engineering.