Status Racing Team
At Collingwood College, a group of students from Years 7 to 13 have designed, built and raced electric vehicles in the Greenpower Challenge since 2011. The team of 15 ('Status Racing') are specially selected students who design, build and develop these electric cars. The race is an annual event where hundreds of schools and organisations from across the country compete to develop an electric vehicle that can cover the largest distance, on one set of batteries in a 90 minute race. The teams that finish in the top 3 of a regional heat will be entered into the grand final in October. Status Racing has qualified for the final for the last 5 years and are currently ranked 6th out of over 350 teams globally.
For the 2016-2018 seasons, the team developed its 4th car, built with close support from local firm Fraser Nash Research and URT Composites (sister company).
For the 2019-2020 season we are continuing to race the MK4 car (with some modifications) and are currently developing a brand new MK5 vehicle with a 30% reduction in aerodynamic drag and a carbon fibre monocoque body and wheels to save weight and improve strength. The funding for our MK5 car has been kindly sponsored by Fluor (the multi-national Engineering firm based in Farnborough) and OKTRA the office design company. The vehicle is being completely built at school, by the students, including all carbon fibre work and is a massive undertaking! We aim for the debut of this vehicle in the 2020 season.
The team spends a large amount of time developing the cars after College and promoting the club which runs on a combination of donations raised by students, contributions from sponsors and funding supported by the school leadership.
Status Racing's former team leader, Dan Martin, has written a detailed history of the Status Racing team, the various cars that have been built and the team's achievements over the last few years. Please click on the image on the right to view this very well presented and well written document that Dan has created as an entry for the 'Portfolio Award' which is presented at race events.
If students want more information about the club or how to join, please contact the team leader email below in the first instance, or Mr Winter (teacher in charge of the club).
Please find below the website and email addresses:
YouTube: www.youtube.com/statusracingteam . Facebook link is on our website.
The club recruits new team members each year as the older students move on to further education. The places are very popular and usually have a lot of competition, so if students are interested in joining, they need to be aware and keep an ear open in assemblies!
We are always looking for sponsors so if you or someone you know is interested then please email the team leader at firstname.lastname@example.org .