Rockingham speedway to host world’s best sustainable engineering showdown

One of the cars that will be on show this weekend at Rockingham Speedway.
One of the cars that will be on show this weekend at Rockingham Speedway.

Some of the world’s best sustainable engineering will be on show at Rockingham Speedway near Corby this weekend when the track hosts the 2015 Greenpower International Final.

More than 100 school teams will compete over a number of categories, with teams from Poland, USA, Portugal and the UK lining up on the grid.

The sustainably-powered F24 and F24+ single-seater vehicles all feature the same electric motor and 12-volt batteries supplied by Greenpower.

Students put the cars together themselves as part of an enhanced education programme, and design their own bodywork.

Greenpower Education Trust CEO Jeremy Way said: “Our International Final is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work by schools, colleges and universities who have competed in the series of Greenpower heats held throughout 2015.

“As our flagship event, it’s not only a celebration of the very best young engineering talent in our country, and from further afield, but an opportunity to show what’s possible in terms of sustainable engineering and design.

“We are proud to be hosting our final at Rockingham and especially look forward to the Siemens Digital Award being judged by McLaren Automotive, Red Bull Technology and Nissan.

“We also have some exciting announcements to make on-event about educational boards and institutions who will be supporting Greenpower this academic year.”

Entrance to this event, which starts at 8.30am on Saturday, October 10, and 8.15am on Sunday, October 11, costs £5 for spectators.

There will also be an opportunity for young guests to try out a Greenpower Goblin car, designed and built by one of the many primary schools taking part in the Greenpower Goblin entry-level race category.