Greenpower car build – weeks 12-17

The team have been busy completing installation of the final mechanical and electrical components on our car.

The motor is now installed and the wiring is complete, so we put the batteries on charge and tested the car for the first time on our build bench. We raised the cars drive wheels and completed our safety checks before turning on the electricity using the safety key. The LED on our rocker switch glowed red and then we pressed the red accelerator button on the steering wheel.

IT WORKED – the motor rumbled into life and the wheels turned – success!

We spent the last few weeks planning and starting to create the car bodywork. We are recycling the cardboard packaging that the car kit arrived in for the stiff side and front panels. We have been painting them with PVA glue to make them waterproof.

We have a surprise up our sleeves for the final design of the bodywork.

Our helmet and overalls have also arrived for us to try on. We look like real racing drivers when we wear them.

Some of our team have made a special electrical rig to condition our batteries so they keep the best charge they can. We had to wire up some light bulbs in series and create a circuit that we could use to partially discharge our car batteries before charging them again.

Our other big task is to make a portfolio to record the progress of our car build. This will contain all our plans, photographs, drawings and the story of our project. It will be judged at the race events and have points awarded to the team with the best portfolio.

Finally – we have entered our first official Greenpower race to take place on Saturday 6th July at Ford Dunton Technical Centre near Basildon in Essex. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer us on.