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Engineering at Painsley Catholic College

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

The Painsley Catholic College team with their 'Burning Rubber' car.

The Painsley Catholic College team with their 'Burning Rubber' car.

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ON A beautiful day at Darley Moor race circuit, 12 Year Ten students from Painsley Catholic College, pictured, joined with 17 other teams to race their car as part of the KMF Greenpower Young Engineer of the Year competition.

Jerry Watson, Head of Design and Technology at Painsley, said: "The event was brilliantly organised and was covered on the radio and local television. The Painsley car 'Burning Rubber' won the first of two races and the team was delighted to receive the judge's award for 'best designed car' from Jason Bradbury of The Gadget Show."

The Painsley team had raced previously at Rockingham and earned the 'Spirit of Greenpower' award due to smiling in the face of adversity and problems with their car.

However, they learned from this experience and faced the challenge of improving the vehicle. This meant making several modifications including improved tracking, adding heat-sinks for the motor, adapting the electrics and improving the aerodynamics of the cockpit.

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The team worked with exceptional enthusiasm and independence, supported by their teacher Mr Watson and Grant Barnes from Greenway Pepper who sponsored their car.

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