Students pull together for super-tractor

Mechanisation students at Myerscough College are taking up the sport of tractor pulling as part of their studies
Mechanisation students at Myerscough College are taking up the sport of tractor pulling as part of their studies
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A group of engineering students are entering a very unusual type of university sport – tractor pulling.

Degree level students at Myserscough College are entering the world of the most powerful motorsport as they build a supersport tractor.

The mechanisation students are building a machine that will be only the fourth of its kind ever built in the UK, with parts imported from the Netherlands and the name ‘International Educator’ already adopted for the machine.

Kate Livesey, assistant head of mechanisation at Myerscough College, who is overseeing the project, said: “The college has bought the components as a project for our students from the first interaction team.

“There’s a successful Dutch tractor pulling team called ‘Rattle & Hum’ who, like us, are a group of students.

“Our plan during the year is to make a 4.5 tonne machine ready for competition.”

The team already has a chassis and transmission, including the gearbox and real axle, and are now looking for a DT468 engine block, as well as the other components needed, after already acquiring a Holset Turbocharger and a Sigma fuelpump.

Ms Livesey added: “We’re operating under the ‘built not bought’ philosophy and how we build the tractor will be up to us.

“This will be a fantastic project for our students to be involved with.”

The mechanisation students are already well-versed in moving machinery, as their course focuses on management and logistics in the organisation of moving equipment around the world.

The students are in the right area for the motorsport, with Great Eccleston Show’s tractor-pulling event regularly attracting thousands of spectators.

The idea of a tractor-pulling race is to pull a heavy trailer along a clay-sand race track as far as possible. The winner is the one who is able to drive the longest distance. The trailer is built so the drawing resistance increases. While pulling, the weight on the trailer moves towards the front, making it more difficult for the tractor to move.