Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Greenpower Central South heats Sunday 29 June 2008
This Sunday, 21 schools will be racing their electric-powered cars designed and built from
scratch at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex. The youngsters will be
competing in the IMechE Greenpower school electric car races.
Teams of 12 children aged 11 - 16, including six drivers and six pit crew, are hoping to cover
the greatest distance over four hours, starting at 1pm, using their battery-powered vehicles as
they vie for a place at the final, to be held at the famous Goodwood circuit in October.
Schools from as far afield as Cornwall will be competing on Sunday at the historic motorsport
venue. All the cars have been designed and built from scratch using customised kits.
(Schools taking part are listed below). The day begins at 11am with a short race from round
two of the Formula 24+ Championship for 16-21 year olds, before the main event at 1pm.
IMechE Greenpower is a new partnership established to offer schools an exciting insight into
careers in engineering as they design, build and race their own eco-race cars.
John Ling, IMechE Transport programme manager said: “Building and racing an electric car is
not only an exciting way for young people to gain an insight into engineering, but it also
makes them aware of the energy issues that we all face.”
By getting pupils hooked on engineering while they’re still at school the Institution hopes that
it will inspire the next generation to develop solutions.
As part of the partnership, the IMechE is working with its members acting as ‘mentors’ to
assist pupils in the event and pass on their expertise. The next step up for schools entering
the event is the IMechE’s hugely successful Formula Student event which is Europe’s largest
student motorsport event.