GreenPower Racing

The GreenPower Racing Event comprises of many schools that get together to race kit-build Go Karts several times a year.

We will post regular updates below on the events as we take part in them.

The most recent update appears at the bottom of the page.


25th April 2014

Our kit car (The F24) has arrived - in a box!
11th May 2014

We have selected our team for our first race, which takes place in June in Newquay!

Our team
 comprises of:

Jess E, Kira H, Zac O'R. Chris N, Jim W, Aiden P, Alex C, David H, Emilio B, Harry O'S, Joe T, Jordan O and James B.

19th June 2014

Today, 19th June, the school took part in the GreenPower Go Kart racing competition at Newquay aerodrome. Our first race; this was the result of 3 weeks of hard work from Mr Veal, Mr Caschere and the Year 10 DT class in building our silverline kit car and one scary practice at West Point arena.

After a few technical hiccups we got the car through scrutineering – this was like an MOT. It was then onto the test track and to get the drivers used to the track. After a couple of successful runs disaster struck! One of our drivers hit a barrier and then crashed twisting the axel and breaking the front wheel. This meant that we could not compete in the actual race.

We will be back in September for the next race and then hopefully onto the finals in October. All 14 pupils who came up to Newquay were a real credit to the school as were the technical staff – Paul ‘Senna’ Caschere, Len ‘Mansell’ Veal and Jane ‘Schumacher’ Goddard.

16th September 2014

Today, 16th September, we had a visit from members of the South West Highways Engineering team who helped us to get our kart up and running from our last race in June.

18th September 2014
 
Today, 18th September, we held our "Driver Trials" to determine who will be our drivers for the next race in September.

The "Southbrook Racing Car Driving Test", something everyone must pass in order to be considered for our driver list, is below for you to download. 

There are also some pictures of the trials.

25th September 2014

Team Southbrook are ready for Sunday's race!

29th September 2014

Here are some of the images of the Team SB's race today up at Castle Combe race track in Wiltshire. We took part in the Greenpower challenge alongside 47 other schools from around the UK.

The team were fantastic and we completed a practice race and two 2 hour races. The car survived as did the drivers!. All pupils were a credit to themselves and the school. Well done!

In the first two hour race, we completed 18.5 laps and recorded a quickest lap time of 6 minutes. Our top recorded speed was 12.6 mph. In the second two hour race, we completed 22.2 laps, had a best lap time of 6.32 minutes and hit a top speed of 14.3 mph.

Next year we will aim to race at Newquay in June and then Castle Combe in September - watch this space!

A huge thank you to Mr Caschere, Ms Goddard and also to Jim Whiteheart's dad. 

13th November 2014
 
Today, Mr Tilley and Mr Caschere met Dr Stephen Childes at Exeter University to look at their Formula Student car and to set up a link between the university and the school. We have lots of ideas planned and this is going to be an exciting development of the go kart project that will benefit pupils from both the school and from the Engineering department at the university. Watch this space!
27th November 2014
 
Today we visited Exeter University’s engineering department where we looked at their ‘Formula student’ go kart, saw videos of it racing at Silverstone and had the opportunity to ask Dr Stephen Childe lots of questions about how we could improve our school go kart. The 9 pupils who were involved are a mixed group from Year 8 – 11 and some are in our driving team and the others have been involved in the pit crew. In January we will be welcoming students from Exeter University to help with some modifications to our school go kart.’
10th February 2015
 
Today we welcomed pupils from Countess Wear school and Vaughan Curnow from Greenpower Education Trust. The pupils tested our Go Kart and also a Goblin Go Kart, took turns on our xbox simulator and worked with our pupils to look into the possibility of getting a racing car for their school.

It was a fantastic afternoon and here are some pictures from the event. We are keen to share the excitement of Go Kart racing to other schools and if you want to get involved and like what you see then please contact Alan Tilley at the school.

 

23rd February 2015
 
Today we welcomed back Dr Stephen Childes and 2 of his undergraduate engineering students from the University of Exeter. They worked closely with Mr Caschere and a few of our pupils on fixing the go kart and helping to get it ready for our first race of the season. They changed the gearing, fixed the axels and also adjusted the steering... the aim being to squeeze a few more miles per hour out of it!
13th May 2015
 
'Today we took the go kart to Nigel Mansell's Raceway in Dunkerswell with a group of Year 7,8 and 9 pupils. Here are the pictures from the day. The day was aimed at getting the team ready for the next race coming up in June and making sure that everyone had some driving practice. A huge thank you to the team at NM Raceway who let us have free use of the track for the whole morning.'
9th June 2015
 
Today we were joined by our Greenpower Go kart sponsor South West Highways (SWH) who have kindly given us £250 to help towards this year's races and maintenance of the car. Anna Cooper the Project Skills Coordinator for SWH has been involved with the project from the start and we are all extremely grateful to her for the continued support she and her company has shown the school.

 

The picture was taken with our newly adapted car which will be ready to race next week when we visit Newquay in the first race of the year.

Thursday 18th June

 

Racing Success

On Thursday 18th June seven pupils from Southbrook raced our electric car at St. Mawgan airfield in Cornwall in the Greenpower F24 challenge. The event is an endurance test to see how many laps of the circuit our car could do on one set of batteries in one and a half hours.

We set off at 6:30 in the morning for the drive to Newquay and arrived just in time for scrutineering. After a few modifications our car passed its safety test and we were ready to race. Our first driver was Emma who completed five laps – then Glynn and Anthony did a lap each before handing the steering wheel back to Emma for another five laps. Our car was lapping in about 4 ½ minutes – a big improvement on the 6 ½ minute laps we were doing last year. The pit stops were all very fast and professionally managed by our pit team of Zac, Tyler, James and others. Our last pit stop saw Glynn take over again but a crash in to the barriers on the back straight meant that our race was over about 15 minutes from the end.

We completed about twelve laps which was a very good result.  Everyone in the team did a brilliant job and the adults on the trip were very pleased with the excellent effort and behaviour all day. It was amazing to be racing on a working air field – aeroplanes were taking off from our race track and we had to drive around an Airbus to get to the start line! Well done Team SB – what a brilliant day.