Pupils car is supercharged

Teacher David Cotton, left, with students, left to right, .. Helen Shaw, Tom Cooper, Ryan Gilligan, David Shaw, George Lawton, Sam Adams, John Creighton, Charlotte Deller and (in car) Matthew Warnes.'1129121a
Teacher David Cotton, left, with students, left to right, .. Helen Shaw, Tom Cooper, Ryan Gilligan, David Shaw, George Lawton, Sam Adams, John Creighton, Charlotte Deller and (in car) Matthew Warnes.'1129121a
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AFTER two years in the making, an electrically powered car is the latest creation to charge out of a Scarborough school’s workshop.

The green machine was built by Raincliffe School pupils who took to the track at Croft Circuit, near Darlington, to race other youngsters’ eco-friendly designs.

Raincliffe School's electrically powered car...'Charlotte Deller gives the car a spin (in the rain).'1129121c '19/07/11.

Raincliffe School's electrically powered car...'Charlotte Deller gives the car a spin (in the rain).'1129121c '19/07/11.

DT teacher David Cotton, who oversaw the project, said: “The kids took part in Green Power Challenge where they had to design and build an electrical car to encourage engineering skills. It was their first outing, they lasted one-and-a half-hours and did nearly 20 miles, but the brakes failed due to a downpour.”

The car reached a speed of 32mph before its malfunction, but Mr Cotton added that the pupils were enthusiastic and looking to race again at Aintree in September.

“They’ve been working hard, they really loved it and can’t wait to build a new one,” he said.

“Thanks to Bluebird Vehicles for helping with the manufacturing and Wold Engineering for supplying parts.”

Anyone interested in supplying materials for the school’s next car should contact Mr Cotton on (01723) 366451.