HellermannTyton, supplier of products for fastening, fixing, identifying and protecting cables, has tied up a deal to help engineering students at the University of Warwick take part in this year’s Formula Student UK competition at Silverstone.

The company, based in Aldridge, West Midlands, has supplied the 14-strong team with around £400 worth of heatshrink tubing, which protects and insulates cables and cable ties.

HellermannTyton is one of around 60 supporters of the project, named Warwick Racing, which has seen the fourth-year engineering students managing to raise almost £30,000 in sponsorship.

Warwick Racing are determined to take pole position at Silverstone in July with their single-seat racing car in Formula Student, an annual competition which aims to identify the next generation of top engineers.

The car will be unveiled at a launch event for supporters at the university near Coventry in June.

Omar Sabri, the project’s sponsorship and finance manager, said: “We’ve had problems in the past with untidy wiring looms and electrical faults. This year’s we’re hoping to rectify this and the HellermannTyton products should certainly go some way to keeping us out of trouble in this year’s race. We are very grateful for their support.”

Barry Phelps, HellermanTyton’s UK product manager for insulation and protection products, said: “We were impressed by the team’s dedication and ambition and delighted that we could help them on the road to success with some of our specialist products.”