Students from Level 2 and Level 3 Mechanical Engineering have been assisting in the build of an eco-electric racing car which will compete in the Greenpower racing series.
Greenpower is an International motors-sport Engineering competition for students up to 24 years of age. Students involved help to design, build and then drive an electric endurance racing car in regional heats based at some of the best motor-sport venues in the UK including Silverstone, the Top Gear track and Goodwood.
Aimed at inspiring young engineers, Greenpower gives students relevant engineering experience, promoting green thinking and the development of environmentally conscientious technology. It forges links between educational establishments and industry as well as helping team members to bond socially, providing an opportunity for engineering excellence outside of a classroom context.
Chelmsford College are going to compete in formula 24 plus (16-24yrs of age), competing against international teams from colleges, universities and industry apprentices. During each 1-hour race, the team whose car has completed the most mileage at end of the race are the winners!
Greenpower cars can reach nearly 50mph but typically travel at around 35 mph during a race. Being electric, they have zero emissions and are very energy efficient, running at the equivalent of around 2500mpg. Our first race of the season will be at Goodwood in May, watch this space for a full race report and maybe a video with some on-board footage!