Frome students build electric cars to compete in Greenpower races


L-R: Josh Seviour, Luca King, Andrei Bujour, Jamie Paterson, Dan Webber, Gareth Everton (in the car), Alisha Fewell, Summer Vowell, Alex Cattelona, ​​Ben Godman and Jack Norris.

Students from the Frome College Greenpower Team recently started building their electric car called the Carbon Footprint.

They plan to start driving later this year in hopes of qualifying for the Greenpower UK finals.

Greenpower Education Trust is a UK-based charity that gets young people excited about science and technology by challenging them to design, build and drive an electric car.

The charity provides age-appropriate kit cars that can be built in school, college, or elsewhere and driven at motorsport venues at Greenpower-organized events.

The Greenpower Challenge uses the excitement of motorsport to inspire young people to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (MINT).

The Frome students’ progress would not have been possible without the support of the local quarry company Wainwright & Co, which invested £ 5,000 in the car.

For the body of the car, the team plans to use polycarbonate, a strong, tough, and lightweight plastic polymer that makes it perfect as the team’s first choice material.

Polycarbonate also has two hundred times better impact resistance than glass, making it ideal for racing.

The students hope that external support from the team will help future years use high quality materials such as carbon fiber.

If you would like to support the Greenpower team at Frome College or have leftover polycarbonate that you could donate to the body, please email [email protected]

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