Status Racing Team
At Collingwood College, a group of students from Years 7 to 13 have designed, built and raced electric vehicles in the Greenpower Challenge for the past 6 years. The team of 15 ('Status Racing') are specially selected students who design, build and develop these electric cars. The race is an annual event where hundreds of schools and organisations from across the country compete to develop an electric vehicle that can cover the largest distance, on one set of batteries in a 90 minute race. The teams that finish in the top 3 of a regional heat will be entered into the grand final in October at the famous Goodwood Race Circuit. Status Racing has qualified for the final for the last 3 years and are currently ranked 8th out of over 350 teams globally.
For the 2016–2017 season, the team developed its 4th car, built with close support from local firm Fraser Nash Research and URT Composites (sister company). The team has been working with design engineers from the two companies and URT kindly constructed a super sleek fibreglass body for the new season based on the students own CAD designs. Inspiring students in STEM subjects and forging links with the engineering and design industry is one of the key goals of this competition. This new vehicle can maintain constant speeds of 35mph for a 90 minute race and cover around 40 miles in distance using just 2 small lead acid batteries.
The team spends a large amount of time developing the cars after College and promoting the club which runs on a combination of donations raised by students, contributions from sponsors and funding supported by the school leadership.
Status Racing's former team leader, Dan Martin, has written a detailed history of the Status Racing team, the various cars that have been built and the team's achievements over the last few years. Please click on the image on the right to view this very well presented and well written document that Dan has created as an entry for the 'Portfolio Award' which is presented at race events.
If students want more information about the club or how to join, please contact Ben Wright (our new team leader) in the first instance, or Mr Winter (teacher in charge of the club).
Please find below the website and email addresses:
Youtube is: www.youtube.com/statusracingteam . Facebook link is on our website.
The club recruits new team members each year as the older students move on to further education. The places are very popular and usually have a lot of competition, so if students are interested in joining, they need to be aware.
We are still looking for sponsors so if you or someone you know is interested then please email Ben Wright (Team Leader) at firstname.lastname@example.org .
On Sunday 19 June the team travelled to Rockingham Speedway for a race heat. Click on the video below to see how they got on: