Rolls-Royce teamed up with March CE Primary School to help with its ‘Formula Goblin’ class racer at the ‘Gathering of the Goblins’ – the car firm and school are based close together in Sussex.
“We have helped March CE Primary School to design and build their Greenpower entry for several years,”said Rolls-Royce spokesman Andrew Ball. “It is a delight to see the children so keen, engaged and working happily as a team. As a company, we love to see this enthusiasm for technology in primary-age children: they are the designers, engineers and innovators of tomorrow.”
Formula Goblin is for 9-11 year-olds. There is also Formula 24 (11-16 years) and Formula 24+ (16-25).
The cars are based on kits from Greenpower, with Goblin-class cars requiring only assembling, the creation of bodywork and decoration.
“We supply age appropriate kit cars, which can be built in school, college or elsewhere and raced at motorsport venues around the country,” said Greenpower. “Alternatively, older participants [Formula 24 and Formula 24+] can design and build their own car to our regulations.”
Children in March school’s Years 5 and 6 were asked to submit designs for their car, taking their inspiration from the school’s pet rooster.
The final design, called The Free Ranger, was from three winning student designs, amalgamated by the car-maker’s ‘bespoke design team’.
The children built the kit, supported by Rolls-Royce staff, and took it to the Gathering at the Dunsfold track in Surrey, where automotive apprentices Luke Padley and Adam Goff provided race-day support.
“Whilst not an overall winner”, said the car firm, “the car acquitted itself splendidly.”