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Students race to success 

Year 12 students at the Greater Peterborough UTC took part in the season opener of the acclaimed Greenpower Education Trusts (GET) Formula 24+ category.

The Greenpower Education Trust aims to advance the education of young people in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology. Its Formula 24+ competition calls on youngsters to design, manufacture and race their own electric cars.

Students at the Greater Peterborough UTC have been working on their Greenpower car since the start of the academic year in September. The competition forms part of the enrichment program which all students at GPUTC participate in. Through the design and manufacturing process over the course of the last 9 months’ students have had their engineering, design, team-building and problem solving skills be put to the test.

Team Captain and Engineering student Lewis Soden had this to say about the process ‘We had been working on the body of the car for some time now, starting by working on the basic shell of the body and then adding all of the electronic and mechanical components to the car. We also ensured that the car was weather proofed so that we were prepared for race day. The day itself was both exhilarating and nerve racking as it was the first time we had ever taken part in an official race. The team worked really well together”.

Our students ranked at 20 out of 29 cars and even managed to beat our sponsor Perkins Engines who had also entered two of their own cars!!

Principal Steve Warburton had this to say about the team 'The Year 12 Greenpower team have worked really hard over the course of this academic year to ensure that they were race ready. The team managed to compete at a high level and we are already looking forward to the next race and to our other cars being track ready.”