Students go head to head with green car manufacturers

Green Power Corporate Challenge at Silverstone Circuit, Sunday, May 29.
Green Power Corporate Challenge at Silverstone Circuit, Sunday, May 29.

SILVERSTONE Circuit hummed to the sound of electric engines as torrential rains failed to dampen the spirits of students and professionals taking part in the Green Power Corporate Challenge.

On Sunday, April 28, Silverstone National Circuit hosted the annual event organised by The Greenpower Education Trust.

Green Power Corporate Challenge at Silverstone Circuit, Sunday, May 29.

Green Power Corporate Challenge at Silverstone Circuit, Sunday, May 29.

The challenge pits corporate professionals, from the likes of Jaguar Land Rover and Peugeot Citreon, against teams of young people aged nine to 25 from across Europe, in a competition to design and build an electric car.

The endurance race had been scheduled to last for four hours, but gales forced organisers to cut the race down to two hours 40 minutes.

The event is sponsored by the circuit, Siemens, and the Institution of Engineering Technology who want to promote sustainable engineering as a career.

Cars from Polish university Politechnika Slaska claimed first and second place, followed by the electric car builder Electroad from Sussex who narrowly beat the first of the school teams.

Green Power Corporate Challenge at Silverstone Circuit, Sunday, May 29.

Green Power Corporate Challenge at Silverstone Circuit, Sunday, May 29.

Richard Phillips, Silverstone’s managing director started the race and said the circuit is a great supporter of initiatives which develop environmentally friendly motoring and motorsport.