21/05/2010 by mcmakarolyn
Manchester Creative and Media Academy (Boys) students are in the midst of creating a vehicle that’s faster, stronger and better than the rest – despite having no motor or breaks.
A group of year 9 pupils are working with design and technology technicians Tony Bibby and Andy Carr to develop a gravity racer.
Also known as a soapbox racer, it has no propulsion facility whatsoever and relies on hilly roads for it to pick up speed.
The boys have been working on the racer every Thursday afternoon since the end of April. They have been building the frame and will be designing and creating the bodywork in the two-hour sessions over the coming weeks.
Philip Chan from 9W said: “It’s [the workshop] really good.”
He added the entire group got the chance to drive the racer. “It was a good experience, because I’ve never been close to the ground while on something moving.
“I would recommend it to any school.”
Racing around the UK
Once the gravity racer is completed, the group will be looking to enrol a driver from the group to race the vehicle at events around the country. In the coming months, there are races in Scotland, Shropshire and Lincolnshire among others.
The parts have been provided by gravity racing team project Formula Gravity and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). The organisations have developed a ‘kit car’ for schools with all the parts engineered and included.