KMF Young Engineer of the Year (Race day)
Last week our students took part in the KMF Young Engineer of the Year Race day at Mallory Park Race Circuit in Leicestershire.
Led by Mr Parsons, the students completed work on the Academy’s Greenpower car that was last used in 2016. The objectives were to rebuild the existing car that would see a reduction in weight, and see improvements to the longevity of the battery performance and overall performance of the car.
The original body of the car was made of aluminium that weighed in at 7 kilos. After some thorough research and analysis by the students, the aluminium was replaced by thermaplex, that reduced the weight by 50%.
Furtherwork was completed on the gearing ratios, which led to the car being able to perform for longer and faster.
The students then competed in two races. Race one saw the Academy come 5th (out of 28 schools) – a fantastic result. Race two saw a finish of 19th (out of 28 schools). Our final position taking into account the two races averages was 14th out of 28 – a fantastic effort with plenty of information to take back and improve on for next year.
The next part of the project is to produce a video on the whole process of working on the car and competing in the race, which students have already begun.
Mr Parsons said: “It was a fantastic day and a great event for the students who thoroughly enjoyed it. The students have been committed from the start and lot’s of work and determination has gone into the project. Next year we will be even more improved.”
Well done to Khaled; Lauren; Talha; Courtney; Ben; Zara and AJ who attended the event and saw their hard work come to fruition. And a well done to the following students who helped with the project but were unable to attend the race day – Harley; Immanuel; Samiyah and Omar.