West Hill students compete in Greenpower Challenge
Thursday 29th September 2016 14:33 Ashton News Stalybridge Posted by Adam Higgins

West Hill School students teamed up with Tameside College to race round Aintree racetrack in the Greenpower Challenge with their hand built, electric go-kart.

The twelve students, along with motor vehicle staff from the college who helped them to build the kart, visited the racecourse in Liverpool for the annual competition.

They competed against teams from Jaguar Land Rover, Ferrari and Greenpower Silesia, a team which travelled from Poland for the race.

The competition included two races, with three drivers taking turns to drive 15-20 minute stints in the kart before a pit stop and changeover.

The aim of the race is to rack up the most distance in each ninety minute race; the kart managed to travel a distance of 17km.

At the end of the challenge, the West Hill/Tameside College team finished in a respectable 14th, beating competitors from experienced, professional teams and universities.

The project has been supported by GM Higher, which raises awareness of opportunities in higher education across Manchester.

The Greenpower challenge is an annual competition which encourages young people to get involved in engineering by designing, building and racing their own go kart.

West Hill student Mark Stuart said: “It’s been really good to be involved in building the car for the Greenpower Challenge. The day out to Aintree was fun and I loved racing the go-kart.”

Peter Knapper, motor vehicle teacher at Tameside College said: “We did extremely well in the races considering this is the first time we have ever been involved with Greenpower.

“The West Hill students were really great and loved the whole project and hopefully next year we can forge new links with more schools like we have this year.”

To see photos and video from the project and race day, visit the college Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tamesidecollege

By Alex Byrom