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Redborne Racing make the National Greenpower Final at Goodwood!

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In only their second year of competition, the Redborne Upper School Greenpower team, Redborne Racing have made the national final with RB2, the newer and lighter eco racer. 

Greenpower is a national series in which schools and cooperation’s design, build and race an electric powered vehicle to encourage sustainable and renewable energy sources. The cars run from two 12V batteries to power a 24V motor to go as far as possible in a 4 hour endurance race including driver and battery changes.  The key is to be as light and aerodynamic and go as far as possible. 

With a great result of 4th at the Bedford Autodrome Schools Grand Prix before the summer break, improvements were made with slick tyres and bigger gear for improved rolling resistance and top speed.  These were inspired changes which saw the team finish 8th in the Eastern counties Greenpower Heat and 52ndin the whole country, easily making the top 75 teams to qualify for the national final at the world renowned Goodwood circuit.  

The race began with disaster.  An electrical failure to the cars complicated electronics system, meaning we had a 6 minute delay to make up in the 4 hour endurance race.  Elliot Jones took the first stint as the experienced driver of the team. It was then time for the young guns, the new year 9 drivers to take the wheel:  Alex Lockey and Tom Dobson put in some flying laps consistently low one minute twenties.  Ben Stevens and Archie Tookery then brought the car home with the used batteries in an impressive 8thposition.  Again, the work behind the scenes with great battery and driver changes from the pit crew:  Matthew Barnard, Will Sharp, Liam Coleman and Nick Grant and Andrew Papper.  141 laps and 82.5 miles in 4 hours.   Qualification for the national final! Watch this space for an update as to how the team get on in October at the final.