St George's drives forward to the National Finals in Land Rover 4x4 Challenge

Easter Term 2018 at St George's College has been filled with success, whether that's on the sports pitches or in the classrooms, but there has also been a great deal of success for those students taking part in the Land Rover 4x4 Challenge.

Fourth Year Technology students have been working hard this term to design and build their own radio controlled four-wheel drive (4x4) vehicle. The vehicle must be able to successfully negotiate a specially designed test track emulating real life and it must perform as a full scale 4x4 vehicle would do in an off-road situation.

Two teams of Fourth Year students (up to 6 members in each team) travelled down to Portsmouth to BAR HQ for the Regional Finals on Tuesday 27 February and one of the students, Toby, has explained exactly what the challenge was and how his team got on:

"The Land Rover 4x4 Challenge is a competition sponsored by Land Rover, where teams of 2-6 students under 16 join together to design and create their own radio controlled four-wheel drive vehicle. The end result is to test the car on a track and present it to a panel of judges. 

Our team, Team Phönix, entered the development class where we needed to create a shell, code a light sensor that turns lights on in the dark and create a tilt sensor that turns lights on when the car tilts more than 25 degrees. We were free to change anything else as long as it stayed within the regulations, so we changed the tyres and added more weight to improve the grip and then we improved our suspension so that the car didn’t tip over. 

At the Regional Finals, Team Phönix came second and we were awarded the Best Engineered Car in our class. As a result of finishing second it also means that we go through to the National Finals on Thursday 22 - Friday 23 March and if we win there then we will go to Singapore! We are all really excited and can't wait to test out our 4x4 car later this week."

Team Phönix have put in a lot of work behind the scenes to prepare for the National Finals and have been trying to raise awareness for their vehicle and the project by uploading lots of images and videos to their dedicated Team Phönix Instagram account - you can follow them and monitor all their progress and keep up to date with how they get on by CLICKING HERE.

21 March 2018

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