May 13, 2011

Cardboard car? Really!

Posted by: David Holt

We recieved the following note from the good people at The Leigh Technology Academy - make sure you check out the link at the end and watch out for the nifty Twistlock 30 aided pit stop.

We, thought you might like to see the short video we made of the first race with our cardboard car! After an all night build we got it onto the track.

Entry only for top ten Greenpower schools in UK then remainder of the field made up from companies and Universities from across Europe. 50 cars in total, including, Bentley, Jaguar, Landrover, Seimens, Citeron, Peugeot and Fords.

Instead of going with our older successful cars, we went with our new creation 12CC which has been designed and built from recycled cardboard and coated with a thin protective film. Its the first time a car had been built from this material so caused a stir amongst other institutions.

We had not tested prior to the race and our drivers, pit crew had not had a chance to practice. (real engineering)

After 4 hours of hard racing ( a few pitstops along the way) we finished in the top half of a strong field (21st place), a fantastic achievement for this new car beating Bentley and Peugeot along the way.

We picked up another engineering trophy, 'Siemens sponsored innovation award for motor-sport engineering'

A great achievement for all the hard work from staff and students. Now to refine it further for the season..
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