Tactics ensure another win in green race final for Chipping Sodbury pupils

November 03 2015

JUNIOR drivers at Chipping Sodbury School are celebrating a return to the podium as champions of an endurance race for home-built battery operated cars.

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JUNIOR drivers at Chipping Sodbury School are celebrating a return to the podium as champions of an endurance race for home-built battery operated cars.
The pupils steered their Rotary Racer car to victory in both of their Formula 24 races in the annual Greenpower challenge to take the honours at the Rockingham race track in Northamptonshire.
The youngsters were up against more than 70 other cars in their category for 11 to 16-year-olds, all having to complete two 90-minute races using identical motors and pair of 12-volt batteries per race.
In each race at least three team members had to take it in turns to drive for a minimum of 15 minutes, with other members acting as pit crew.
The aim is to make the most of economical driving to ensure the batteries last to the chequered flag.
The Rotary Racer has secured a number of victories since the school became involved in the challenge, which is aimed at encouraging an interest in engineering among young people.
But just missing out in 2014 spurred the team on to reclaiming the champions title this time.
Chipping Sodbury School currently has three cars being raced – RAF POD and Chain Reaction the other two, with a new Alderley Flyer still being developed.
The single-seater cars are built by the pupils, with help from parents and teachers outside lessons.
Teacher Brendan McMorrow, who heads up the school’s involvement, said: “The Greenpower project has inspired students of both genders to engineering degree courses and apprenticeships. It has also sparked interest in green issues and the wider skills of learning to work as a team.”
 The Greenpower challenge is run by the Greenpower Education Trust and as well as teams from across the UK, the final also involved a number of overseas drivers.