It will be a nail-biting race to the chequered flag next week for teams competing in the National Finals of the Jaguar backed educational initiative, GT in Schools. The Big Bang Science Fair at Excel, London will host this year's event on 10th March and the pressure is mounting as the teams make their final preparations to compete in this sports car design challenge.

 

Two teams from Emmanuel College, Gateshead won through from their regional finals and these teams, 'G-MAC' and 'Team Burn', face stiff competition from 'Hybrid', a team from Little Lever School, Bolton, 'Richard Hale Racing' from Richard Hale School, Hertford, and 'Elite' from St. Bedes Catholic Comprehensive School, Sunderland. A team of apprentices from Jaguar Land Rover at Gaydon, 'Jaguar Land Rover First Year Apprentices', has also won a place in the finals, so the pressure will be on these youngsters to bring home the title for the challenge sponsors. The team crowned the 2011 National Champions will also enjoy a money can't buy tour of the Jaguar Assembly line at the Castle Bromwich plant. 

 

Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations for Jaguar Land Rover, says, "Jaguar's return to endurance racing with its exposure at the Le Mans 24 hours race last year and our range of performance cars highlights the need for engineers not only in racing but in the exciting world of automotive engineering and manufacturing. This challenge is a great opportunity for young people to experience first-hand the challenges presented in producing a sportscar, as well as learning many important foundation skills which will be invaluable in their careers.”

 

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, adds, “We're looking forward to a very close-fought race in the GT in Schools National Finals next week and I know we will see some very innovative designs from the competing teams. With the backdrop of sports cars and racing cars, GT in Schools has sparked the interest of thousands of students and has proved to be a door-opener, a life-changing experience and the gateway to many new skills and employment opportunities.”

 

The GT in Schools Sports Car Design Challenge is aimed at students aged from 11 – 18 years (Key stages 3-5) and young apprentices in industry, challenging them to form teams to design, build and race a model GT sports car, closely following the real life process which engineers in automotive companies such as Jaguar Land Rover follow including sketching, modelling, analysing and testing as well as racing.

 

GT in Schools brings to life the real world of engineering for young people and encourages them to consider engineering as a career. The design challenge has received an excellent response from schools throughout the country, with students enjoying being able to apply their curriculum learning in a fun and competitive environment.

 

It will be a nail-biting race to the chequered flag next week for teams competing in the National Finals of the Jaguar backed educational initiative, GT in Schools. The Big Bang Science Fair at Excel, London will host this year’s event...

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