Green Car Race Electrifies British Students
Designed, built and raced by teenagers.
This is the Greenpower Education Trust's annual endurance race - a four hour test of engineering and teamwork - with all the cars using identical batteries and electric motors, says Greenpower's Emma Tyler.
[Emma Tyler, Greenpower Education Trust]:
"They have two batteries on the car, they have four batteries in quarantine -- they can swap them over in a series of pit stops. So they've also got to work out their pit strategy and their team work as well as all the engineering."
Teams must have six drivers and six pit staff and cars must have a maximum speed of 25mph (40kmh) - the test is how many laps can you complete within the timescale.
80 teams from around the country won a place at the Goodwood race track final - racing creations made from wood to aluminium - inspiring the next generation of British engineers and their parents, according to Tom Bollard from the Malting School in Essex.
[Tom Bolland, Maltings Academy]:
"We started off two years ago with a kit car which we purchased through Greenpower, that allowed us to springboard into a competitive region so that we could teach the students about aerodynamics, about physics about the general design principle behind creating a race car."
This year's race was won by Chipping Sodbury School's Rotary Racer - aptly numbered No 1.