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Rocket Car Competition

rocketcar2On the 13th November 2015 the year 12 and 13 Three Dimensional Design BTEC students visited the Ricardo test track to attend the Ricardo Rocket car competition.  In this event the Ricardo employees go head to head in designing and engineering a vehicle to be propelled down the Ricardo test track by a small, yet quite powerful rocket, the objective is to cover the most distance possible.   

The SRWA students were invited to take part in the event and in the two weeks prior to the competition, the students worked tirelessly designing, testing and manufacturing their cars.

All four cars entered by SRWA had relatively good runs with one of our vehicles retaining fourth place for a large proportion of the competition.  The students had a great selection of rocketcar3design ideas but unfortunately, we just could not quite match the distance covered by the Ricardo employees’ light weight vehicles. 

The event was a great opportunity for the students to meet with professional Ricardo engineers and engage in some friendly, design related competition.  The students worked really well together in a team and showed dedication as a number had to stay late to get the cars ready for race day.  The students enjoyed the event and learned some valuable engineering lessons, as well as gaining some new ideas for next year’s cars!