As we have become accustomed, our 4×4 team were once again magnificent ambassadors for Clyst Vale and the South West at the JLR 4×4 National Finals at Silverstone. They gave their best, were enthusiastic and respectful of others, supported each other throughout the event, and drew praise from other teams.
The team comprised Maddy Knight, Ellie Harris, Ed Gold, Charlie Blackburn, Elijah Holding, Joe Hartley and Sam Roberts, and as with previous teams the students had a fantastic experience they will remember for ever. The competition includes a range of tests and activities, including a pit display, presentation, technical scrutiny, test drive and manoeuvres. Unfortunately, they did not win any of the categories. This was a real shame, as under the guidance of Mr Hewlett and Dr Turl, they brought two new innovations to the competition, both of which excited a lot of interest among engineering companies present. The team had experimented with the latest composite materials to bring down the car’s bodyweight even further, and the car also made innovative use of a micro:bit. Following the competition, Mr Hewlett has been approached by the National Director of the micro:bit foundation to use the example of the Clyst Vale car with the Sri Lankan government! It would be rare for a 4×4 team to not notch up at least one “first” – and the day ended with the Clyst Vale minibus and team completing two laps of the full Silverstone circuit……..