St Swithun’s School, Winchester, recently competed in the Greenpower heats at the Goodwood motor racing circuit. The Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to advance education in sustainable engineering and technology for young people. Electric car racing events challenge students to design, build and race cars under guidance of teachers and mentors.
Modifications made to the St Swithun’s car, Cobolt, were tested at Goodwood in March, but this was the first proper race with the modified design. It was also the first time that the team had experienced the new one-and-a-half-hour race format with no battery changing. The changes paid off and the team finished third in a field of 45 teams.
St Swithun’s co-driver Lydia Robinson led the team of six students. They now progress to the next heat at Castle Coombe in September followed by the final in October.