Two teams from Easton & Otley College have won prizes in this year’s Young Engineers Competition held at JCB’s headquarters in Staffordshire.
The team of Ike Neave and Harry Gillingwater beat off competition from other colleges with their vehicle, the Torpedo 850, to win the Class 1 category and Dean Revell and Kyle Green came first in the Class 2 section.
About 50 students and lecturers took part from Askham Bryan, Babcock, Plumpton (pictured above taking their turn up the slope), SRUC and Reaseheath colleges. The annual event is sponsored by Autoguide Equipment, Bosch Rexroth and the Douglas Bomford Trust.
The competition is open to all UK training and education providers and involves creating a remote or radio-controlled vehicle. IAgrE judge and organiser Richard Robinson from Autoguide Equipment said: “The competition is designed to reward the team which is seen to invest time in building the vehicle and making sure it conforms to the rules. They also need to employ a winning strategy to beat the opposition.”
Teams are given a set of standard wheels, a battery and maximum dimensions and the challenge is to produce the top performance vehicle of the competition. The vehicle that powers its way to the highest point up a curved ramp is the winner.