Pit Lizard Team - a history
The Greenpower Education Trust aims to inspire young people to get involved in engineering projects, promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and sustainable technology but also social inclusion. See information on the Greenpower project on the web...
The idea for joining the Greenpower project originated in May 2009 and an initial scouting visit to a race day at Rockingham was made. With the headteacher’s financial help the chassis arrived in Sept 2009 and the pressure was on to build the car ready for the race season starting May 2010.
The am of the project was to build an electrically powered car within Greenpower specifications and compete in a 90 minute race. Teams are aged between 16 and 25 and include schools, colleges, univeristies and corporate teams, such as Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover.
The car is always being developed by The Pit Lizard student team and many events have been attended over the years. Below are examples of typical years for the Pit Lizard team and their electric kit car:-
2009 - 2010
The student team built the chassis and bodywork and gearbox. A number or events were attended with increasing success:-
- May 2010 Darley Moor Test Day – a few laps burned out the motor.
- July 2010 Mallory Park – more laps were managed but the water cooling system leaked and needed fixing.
- September 2010 Bedford Autodrome – prize won for the best engineered car in the Eastern heat
2010 - 2011
The student team removed the gear box, inserted an air-cooling system and applied new battery requirements.
- July 2011 Rockingham Speedway, Corby – for the first time the car completed the race achieving 10th place.
- September 2011 Bedford Autodrome – the car achieved its best position to date of 4th place
2016 - 2017
- October 2016 Rockingham Speedway, Corby - the car went out to practise but wouldn't start! A trip to Kettering, ten miles away, for a potentiometer, soldering iron, metal brackets and picture hooks, and then construction of a new throttle trackside, got the car to the race starting line just a few minutes late. To the team's dellight, the throttle worked and the car completed ten laps averaging 18mph.
2017 to date
The project continues, maintaining the car and participating in race meetings
The project is completely self-funded and run by the students for the students. Over the history of the project, the team has received substantial donations from many local businesses. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all our sponsors, especially the Balsall Common Bugle for their continued support. We have been very fortunate to have such generous sponsors over the years but are always looking for any future sponsorship opportunities to allow us to maintain participation in the Greenpower project.