Pupils on the starting grid for electric race

A group of 10 pupils from S4 at Edinburgh’s Castlebrae Community High School are building an electric race car from scratch which will then compete on the race track in East Fortune this September.

This innovative initiative, developed by Edinburgh College in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council school and sponsored by Lamborghini Edinburgh, is aimed at engaging and inspiring the engineers of the future - giving them the chance to see some of the world’s most advanced supercars first hand while building their own electric car.

After initial sessions in the Edinburgh College workshops, an expert engineering instructor from Edinburgh College now visits the school every week to work with the pupils on constructing the kit car which was sponsored by Lamborghini. The project develops their engineering and building skills from the ground up. Working from a paper plan and with all the component parts, they will create a high performance electric race car that they will race in the F24 Greenpower event in September. During the race the young people will take turns to drive the car and act as pit crew.

Norma Prentice, Castlebrae Community High School Headteacher said: “Creative projects like this that take pupils out of the classroom and stimulate them to build new skills and get involved are really important to our school. This group of young people are learning intricate technical, engineering skills on the job and they care about doing their best as they want the results of their labours to perform well when they get to that race track. And that’s not to mention getting the chance to see Lamborghinis – the pinnacle of engineering. What more inspiration could they want!”

Annette Bruton, the new Principal at Edinburgh College added: “This is a great example of where we are working in partnership with industry and directly with schools to address future skills needs. Seeing how engaged and excited these young people are to be building their own race car which they’ll then pit against competition is fantastic. This is part of Edinburgh College’s Engineering programme where we work with schools to give pupils an early practical insight into the potential of working in this important sector.”

Andy Canning, Lamborghini Edinburgh said: “As well as sponsoring the kit car for this project we are providing branded racing suits for the team for the race itself. The whole group will be visiting our show room and workshops as part of the course, getting a close look at some of our fleet of supercars. What better inspiration for them to build the best car they possibly can? Seeing how they’ve got stuck into the project is great. We’ll be there on race day providing pit-stop back-up so they can do their absolute best.”

William Hadden, Edinburgh College instructor said: “I’ve got to know all of these young people in the last few weeks as we start to see the car taking shape. Every one of them is playing a key role in making this car a reality. You can see how their interest and skills are developing and growing as we go through each stage of the process.” William is well placed to share his own automotive engineering skills with his students. Before joining Edinburgh College last year, he had a ten year career as a supercar mechanic for Porsche, Aston Martin and Lotus at their workshops at Fort Kinnaird and Sighthill.

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