CHARNWOOD College students are to make a weekly visit to Loughborough College to build a seriously fast engine-less car – with the help and guidance of a master.
A project to build a new Formula Gravity car was launched last week when David Ackroyd, who designed the vehicle that holds the current world record, paid his latest visit to inspire engineering students at Loughborough College.
A team of six Charnwood students, including sixth formers and 14-year-olds, are to begin their Friday afternoon pilgrimage to Loughborough College on November 2 to build their own vehicle and learn more about engineering. The project is expected to take about 20 weeks
Mr Ackroyd, who helped Loughborough College students build a car that took the Lotus 119c, then the Goodwood Festival of Speed winner and course record holder, to the wire in a special challenge in 2009, said: “My aim in coming back here is to encourage young people that, although working in this field can be tough, the rewards at the end of it are fantastic.
“I will be visiting monthly to see how they are getting on and help them along the way. At the end of their hard work, they will have a racing car of their own fit to take part in any number of events throughout the UK.”
Loughborough College technician Keith Large said: “It’s great students from Charnwood are taking up David’s challenge and I’m sure they will learn so much from the experience.. One of our apprentices Thomas Ryan has already volunteered to drive the vehicle and give David’s record of 62mph a run for its money.
“In David’s own words, you can achieve anything in this world if you set your mind to it – so why not aim for the very top?”
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