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Kit car build prepares Bishop Burton College’s engineering students for next step

Agricultural engineers from Bishop Burton College are preparing themselves for their next steps in education by taking part in the Greenpower project.

Known as Team Burt, 14 students from the college have come together to build an electric kit car to be raced in the F24+ category of the Greenpower Hull Street Race 2019. The college team received a £2,000 grant from Green Port Hull towards the car and has been raising an additional £750 for materials.

Not only are they learning more about engineering that will help with their course, but they are also picking up valuable life skills for Higher Education.

Student Archie Bennett, 17, is leading Team Burt alongside teammate Barney Stephenson, 17. Archie’s involvement in Greenpower has helped him secure a place at university. 

He commented:

“The Greenpower project has taught me how to handle projects and manage both time and people, which will be valuable when I go on to university after college. Some of the team have also undertaken some business studies, to understand how to market and fund the car. They’ve approached local companies and asked for their support. We received some aluminium from Eltherington for the body work, along with some guidance on sheet metalwork and how we could incorporate it into the bodywork of the car.”

Barney added: “We’re also hopeful we’ll get some team overalls and helmets from Peacock & Binnington, and some more fabrications from Arcmaster. The project has been a fantastic way to learn about business, as well as automotive engineering. Electric cars are the future, so it’s been great to learn more about how they work before I go on to study engineering further next year.”

Neil Painter, Level 2 and 3 Land-based Engineering Course Manager at Bishop Burton College, has been mentoring the team. He said:

“Our engineering students are really enjoying the challenge of building the F24+ electric car. New skills are being developed in terms of team working, project management and technical expertise. 

“The Humber area is undergoing some significant changes, thanks to investment in renewable energy and train manufacturers choosing this area as an engineering hub. The jobs created from these projects will provide long-term, highly-skilled work for young engineers in our region. I'm sure the skills and experience learnt on the F24+ project will help young people secure the employment opportunities on offer.”

See Team Burt in action at the Greenpower Hull Street Race on Sunday 28th April 2019.