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NUA students work with International Super Car Manufacturer Trident

Fourteen Norwich students have contributed concepts and designs for the interiors of a new Norfolk-built supercar. Billed as the world’s fastest and most fuel-efficient diesel sports car, the Trident Iceni sports car is capable of 190mph and over 75mpg.

Supercar outside NUA

The Textile Design students with a Trident supercar.

Textile Design students at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) were invited to participate in the project headed by Trident Sports Cars Head of Interior Design Rachael Martin, herself a graduate of the University. Developing skills in working with industrial sewing machinery and with a variety of materials including leathers, alcantara and scrim, the students also learnt the Bespoke RM Hand Stitch allowing them to each create their own one-off oval panel piece which could be presented to Trident clients wanting bespoke and tailored interiors.

The project has been an excellent opportunity for NUA students to explore the use of textiles skills in a different context and has been an invaluable learning experience for all those that took part. The project culminated with a visit to the NUA campus by Rachael and the Trident team, accompanying a Trident Iceni for the students and staff of NUA to see. Rachael explained: “All the students from NUA were enthusiastic about their work placement here at Trident, and really pushed themselves to create an individually designed bespoke panel making the experience very enjoyable.”

NUA Textile Design Senior Lecturer Jill Rodgers added: “It’s been a fantastic opportunity for the students and the course to work with Trident and keep in touch with Rachael and her career as an NUA graduate. We hope to build on the success of the project and work toward offering further opportunities to students next year.”

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