The 2016 Triumph Design Awards was held on Saturday 2nd July at Factory 2. A total of 24 shortlisted competitors from across the UK came to Triumph to exhibit their work and present their entries to the judges. The judging panel led by Geoff Hurst were highly impressed by the calibre of work and motivated by how passionately each and every finalist spoke about their projects. The prize giving ceremony was preceded by a talk from Stuart Wood who spoke about what it takes to succeed within Engineering.

    The wide range of excellent projects meant that judging proved very difficult, but after much deliberation the judges agreed that the winner was Ben Ball, a Systems and Control student from Nottingham. Ben’s entry was a cost-effective CPU cooler which used the control of thermoelectric Peltier cells to cool processors to very low temperatures. This allows them to be configured to run faster and also minimise heat damage to nearby components. The judges were impressed with Ben’s attention to detail and depth of knowledge throughout his entire development process.

    Ben has won a 2 week paid internship at Triumph, along with £500 cash and the Triumph Design Award trophy. In second place was Elliot Downes a D&T student from Worcestershire for his very well considered Lorry Wheel Removal Device, the design of which demonstrated excellent mechanical engineering and high levels of innovation. Steven Huband from Leicestershire was third and wowed the judges with his motorcycle roller starter, and Joseph Unwin from Lancashire was awarded the Committee Prize for his Automotive Workshop Light. The committee were particularly inspired with Joseph’s holistic approach to the design, development and testing of a useable product which satisfied a real need. Elliot and Steven were awarded £250 and £150 cash respectively, a trophy and one weeks work experience at Triumph. Joseph received £100 cash and the Committee trophy. 

    The feedback received since the final has been overwhelmingly positive . This has come from the finalists, parents, teachers, judges, volunteers and the Triumph staff and visitors who attended on the day. Some of this feedback is included below.

    A special thank you to Alex Twist who devised the Design Awards and organises the annual event.


    King of Speed Carl Fogarty returned to the number one spot on Saturday after winning the ‘Essenza Sprint’ on a supercharged Thruxton R during the 1/8 mile Essenza sprint races held at Glemseck 101 in Germany.

    With 16 competitors taking part in the race from manufacturers including Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Suzuki and Moto Guzzi, Carl won three knockout rounds on ‘The White Bike’, a custom built Thruxton R, to get to the final race, finishing in pole position ahead of a Kawasaki H2R ridden by Francesca Gasperi.

    Carl said; “It’s the first time I’ve entered a race like this and it’s been a lot of fun. The team at Triumph did a brilliant job, the bike performed really well and I couldn’t be happier with the win. It’s always good to be on the top step of the podium!”

    The White Bike was one of two bikes entered into the race by Triumph. The second bike, named The Bulldog was ridden by Christoph Lentsch of 1000PS who was pipped to the post during his heat by a customised Moto Guzzi.

    Both Thruxton Rs were fitted with Rotrex Superchargers with custom fuel and injection maps and custom free-flowing exhaust systems. The White Bike was fitted with a hand-made tailored Daytona 675 race fairing and seat with a Moto GP-inspired swing arm.

    The Bulldog was given a brooding streetfighter look with an all-black livery with red detailing, a custom Speed Triple R intake fairing and final touches including the factory-accessory seat and matching factory-accessory black wheels.

    Now in its 11th year Essenza celebrates the spirit of motorcycling bringing manufacturers, custom builders and riders from across Europe for the three-day spectacular.

    Triumph Coast to Coast 2016 Fundraiser

    On the 4th September 2016, David Philipson (Design) is cycling from Geneva to Nice in a Triumph Coast to Coast fundraising event. 

    Good luck David!

    If you kindly wish to donate, the fundraising page is:

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