Three Level 3 Chelmsford College students, supported by their two tutors (Tony Giddings and Tony Hayes) competed at Goodwood on Sunday 30 June 2019. Following soaring temperatures, the Chelmsford College team raced their self-built eco-electric single seater racing car in The Formula 24+ 60 minute endurance race.
The competition is run by Greenpower Formula 24+ in order to boost and promote interest and career opportunities for Engineering students. It helps build students’ confidence, self-esteem and team work, bringing together drivers and teams from all over the country, from colleges to well-known motor vehicle manufacturers and apprenticeship teams from leading engineering companies.
The winner is the team who achieves the furthest distance in the time limit. Greenpower vehicles average speeds of 30-35 mph by using two batteries and a motor from a mobility scooter. The cars have zero emissions and are very energy efficient, running at the equivalent of around 2500mpg.
Up to 100 teams take part in the design and build of their car. Chelmsford College proudly came 5th out of 24 teams in their category. This was the College’s first ever race.
Mirelle Rixon, Curriculum Area Manager for Engineering and Electrical says "I’m immensely proud of my engineering department; both students and tutors, the students represented themselves and the College in a mature, professional, yet enthusiastic manner, maintaining high energy and positivity levels throughout the day. They helped develop, build and drive the Greenpower vehicle up to speeds of 35mph against 24 other teams, comprised of FE, HE and Industry apprentices, seeing off the likes of JLR and Perkins Diesels. We were the only team to have two female drivers and were also the only team to change driver during the race, finishing in a staggering fifth place for our first completion. One super proud manager."
Andy Sparks, Principal of Chelmsford College says "Chelmsford College are delighted to take part in the Greenpower project. We are proud of our student's achievements and thrilled we came fifth! The Greenpower project provides an exciting and fun way for students to experience engineering, develop their technical skills and innovate in a green way."
Engineering employs 5.6 million people in the UK. There’s an annual shortfall of up to 59,000 engineering graduates and technicians to fill core engineering roles and it’s predicted that 203,000 people with Level 3 and above skills will be needed each year to meet demand through to 2024.
Chelmsford College is committed to promoting and delivering STEM subjects and Engineering. Last year the College taught 320 engineering students and offers a number of courses and apprenticeships to help train the next generation of engineers.