A team of Abbey College Manchester students are geared up to take to the track in the UK Greenpower Challenge, following the design and build of an electric car.  

In a cross-curricular approach, Art and Design students at the City Centre-based college spent valuable time designing the livery and branding of the car, while Physics and Chemistry students built the vehicle in readiness for the inaugural race this Autumn. 

The impending challenge is the first for the college in up to ten IET Formula 24+ regional championship rounds at well-known UK motor circuit venues, as a precursor to the International Final held at Rockingham Motor Speedway.  

During the opening instalment of the competition, entrants will put the newly built car to the test in a 60-minute endurance race. The winning team will be the one who travels the furthest distance within the time limit. 

Janet Morris, Head of Physics at Abbey College Manchester says: “The Greenpower Challenge has presented our students with the perfect opportunity to hone their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills and extend their learning as part of a real-life project. Collectively, the team has worked incredibly hard to plan and prepare the electric car for the racing season, and they are excited to put it to the test in the highly-anticipated first race. The Greenpower challenge uses the excitement of motorsport to inspire young people to develop enthusiasm in STEM subjects. It is a national initiative run by the Greenpower Education Trust, a UK based charity.”

For more information on Abbey College visit www.abbeymanchester.co.uk, or call 0161 817 2700.

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