Year 7 Students designed and built electric kit-cars and raced them to victory
A team of year 7 students at the Priory School in Dorking have designed, built, and raced not one but two electric racing cars as part of Greenpower Trust’s racing programme. The students have named their electric cars Hunter (in black) and Raptor (in white).
The students have also won races at both Goodwood and Lotus Test Track. This is how they did it. They aren’t quite finished yet. These engineer-racers have only just begun.
Since 2017 the group have been designing, building, and racing their Formula 24 electric cars across the country.
The PRT have recently won at the legendary Lotus Test Track in Norfolk on 8th June, competing against twenty other schools.
Greenpower’s IET Formula 24 programme has a single goal: inspire young people to excel in STEM. How do they do it? Help kids to design, build and race an electric car.
The team has previously raced at Dunsfold, Castle Combe, Ford Test Centre, Rocking Race, and Rockingham International.
Prior to the Lotus Test Track win, PRT participated in the Greenpower Formula 24 Season Opener at Goodwood racing track on Sunday 12th May and both Hunter and Raptor teams achieved times within the fastest five cars in their category.
The team looks forward to future races at Bedford Autodrome, Dunsfold, Ford Test Centre and will hopefully qualify for the Silverstone International Final.
“All cars in the races have the same electric battery-powered motors and batteries so that the difference between winning and losing is down to their innovative designs and well-practised driving technique rather than motor or battery power,” says Lauren Smewing, 6th form student and Greenpower Mentor at The Priory School, “The students have built their kit-cars, which has given them the knowledge about the mechanics of constructing a car and also the the freedom to design and build an aerodynamic exterior including components that have been printed on the school’s two 3D printers.”
The PRT sponsors include: Johnstons Sweepers (Bucher Municipal), The Friends of The Priory School, Wessex Garage Doors, Dorking Wanderers FC, Stable Micro Systems, HerdHire, Surrey Signs, the AG Manly Trust, and Taylor Made Gardening Services. Sponsorship supports the team’s kit cars, transportation, entry fees, spare parts, maintenance and protective clothing. The team is exceedingly grateful for the gracious and generous support of its sponsors. Become a PRT sponsor.
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