Sleaford builders merchants Turnbulls have donated materials so that a team of engineers from a local school can build an electric car.
Pupils from Coteland’s School in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, are taking part in the Greenpower project, a national initiative sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Youngsters are given the challenge of building a racing car with which they can then take part in events round the country.
The team from Coteland’s will be racing their vehicle, which can go at around 18mph, at various circuits during the next few weeks.
A team of 17 pupils designed and built the car, taking part in events to raise money for the project and writing to local businesses asking for support.
Turnbull marketing manager David Middleton said: “It was a great opportunity for us to support a local project, one that Cotelands School and its pupils could benefit from.”
Kiowa Ltd, based in Sleaford, manufactured the body of the car for the students out of a lightweight material, which sits over an aluminium frame. Jomac Engineering, of Metheringham, helped with the engineering of the car, while Turnbulls donated the tools and materials and Lincolnshire Co-operative bought the car wheels.
The Greenpower project aims to get young people thinking about engineering as a future career.