Exciting news... the newest track to feature on our race calendar this year is undergoing a bit of a face lift! Silverstone have recently released plans that show how they want to develop the site over the next few years. The plans include business facilities, a hotel and an education centre. The circuit is already the home of British motorsport hosting many high profile events every year including the British Formula 1 Grand Prix and of course the Greenpower Corporate Challenge. Check out this link for more information about what's going on at the site in Northampton.
Greenpower isnt all about the building....Many people forget how important the dismantling stages are, take a look at this article and see how much you realy can learn from dismantling things aswell as putting them together!
There's never been a better time to go into engineering.
This week BP announced that they are seeing a shortage of Engineering graduates and so are struggling to fill the vacancies they've created. Unfortunately there are not enough people choosing to study engineering at university. Although university engineering departments are still thriving, much of that is down to international students who often don't stay in the UK after their studies have finished.
Here is a great link to a bit of interactive fun from the BBC. It's all about how to build a giant wind turbine out at sea. These ways of producing "green" energy are becoming more and more important as more of the world develops and the demand for energy increases. But have you ever thought about how they manage to build one of those towering structures miles out to sea?
What do Lewis Hamilton and Iron Man have in common...?
They both work in industries that have helped a teenage boy who was born without one of his hands have a new lease of life!
The formula 1 team Mercedes GP Petronas have collaborated with Touch Bionics to use technology from both of their engineering teams to create a brand new hand for Matthew James. His new hand will have motors in each of the fingers to allow independent control which means he'll be able to perform tasks that would otherwise be impossible for him.
Today Jeremy and Hannah are out of the Greenpower HQ and are based in Chichester at the Unipro offices. Its all hands on deck here sorting out the contents for for the brand new Greenpower website, which will be launched soon. All are waiting in anticipation to see the finished item, which will hopefully make many things (including entering events) much easier for all involved.....watch this space!
August may seem like a very quiet time for the Greenpower team, with all the schools on summer holidays and our next event not until September it's a good time for us to take a bit of holiday and recover from our busy summer season! However, it's not all sunshine and paddling pools, no!
We are working on some very exciting projects at the moment, one of those being this sparkling new website.
Unfortunately the Bluebird team who were hoping to set a new British Land Speed Record in an Electric car this weekend have had to delay their attempt. As Joe Wales took to the wheel to go for the 1/4 mile and 500 metre records he hit a pothole and damaged the suspension of the car. Those of you who have very low cars in the F24 and F24+ categories will know just how limited visibility can be, especially if the sun is in your eyes!
The team will be back to try again once they've patched up the car.
Back at Greenpower's first event at Silverstone on Sunday 1st May we were delighted to welcome renowned F1 journalist Maurice Hamilton and give a guided tour of the event. Today Maurice's excellent report from the event has been published online at http://www.grandprix.com/columns/maurice-hamilton/the-next-newey.html. Enjoy!