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Student electric car race held at Dunton Technical Centre

Student electric car race held at Dunton Technical Centre

Ford's Dunton Technical Centre in Essex hosted the regional heat of the Greenpower IET Formula 24 this past Saturday, 18th July.

In the annual event, students aged between 11 and 16 are presented the opportunity to build an electric car from scratch, and race it in an endurance style competition, which is made up of two 90 minute races.

The event saw over 250 students in more than 20 cars competing, with the top three places going to teams from Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, Tendring Tornedoes and The Royal Greenwich University Technical College.

These podium placed teams will be going on to race in the international final, which is to be held at the Rockingham Motor Speedway on October 10th.

Other awards presented after the race included the Portfolio Award, the Best Presented Team, Spirit of Greenpower, Best Newcomer, IET Engineering Award and the Siemens Digital Award.

Chris Taylor, the Powertrain testing chief engineer at Ford of Europe presented the awards to the youngsters. He commented: "Ford is delighted to be hosting the Greenpower F24 competition at Dunton once again. These young engineers show amazing skill, enthusiasm and potential and we at Ford are proud to help them develop their technical and teamwork talents."