Sled’s go!

A Ewell Castle student hopes to secure business sponsorship to enhance his A-level design and technology snow sled project

Ewell Castle year-13 student Sam Conibear is approaching Red Bull, who he hopes will sponsor his snow sled design and technology A-level project. Sam has received feedback from engineers who believe that his design is good enough to take on Guy Martin’s Guinness world record for the fastest speed on a gravity-powered snow sled, which was achieved at Grandvalira, Andorra, with a speed of 134.368 km/h (83.49 mph) on a Channel 4 programme on 10 January 2014. 

Sam’s design includes suspension, which industry experts say will increase the speed of the sled by creating a smoother, faster ride. Sam has taken the design and production of his sled as far as he can and will shortly be submitting it for his A-level exam. However, he is keen to improve on it further, test it and even for it to be used to attempt a world record, but for this he needs financial support so he can finalise and install the aero package and update the suspension system with Olins components.

Peter Harris, principal of Ewell Castle School, commented: “We’re hopeful that Red Bull will support Sam and enable him to push his creation to its limit and full world record-beating potential.”


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