Success on the Track for the Wycombe Abbey Greenpower Team

Success on the Track for the Wycombe Abbey Greenpower Team

On Sunday 10 October, the Wycombe Abbey Greenpower team set off at 06:00 for the Greenpower International Finals at Goodwood Motor Circuit to finish what has been a tumultuous season.

We qualified for races in both age categories (over and under 16s) and our two homemade battery-powered cars, ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Sprocket Rocket’, were ready to go. The team has a range of experience, from first-time to experienced drivers, but we all share the same enthusiasm for motorsports and engineering.

On arrival, we were impressed by the competition and doubted our chances of achieving our first podium finish. Our practice laps were not without setbacks; a punctured tyre and an ominous rattling sound plagued ‘Phoenix’, but through teamwork we were able to get the cars to the starting grid.

The first race was a gruelling endurance battle where many cars were forced to retire due to mechanical failure, however, both our cars finished strong as a product of reliable engineering and excellent driving.

The afternoon heralded four sprint races, where our junior drivers had great performances, dodging other cars and evading collisions. There was great spirit within the team, which was evident from our cheering in the stands, and we all watched the leader board avidly as the day went on.

As the day grew to a close, we sensed that our chances of a win were increasing, driven by the knowledge that ‘Sprocket Rocket’ had set the fastest lap in the over 16s race. Finally, the awards were announced, and we were ecstatic to find that we had placed first in the over 16s category!

Our collaboration as a team on both the track and in the workshop, together with our passion, helped us achieve our first trophy that day.

Ines, UVI


Greenpower Education Trust inspires young people aged 9-25 to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), through a unique challenge – to design, build, and race an electric car.