This page is devoted to the Chipping Sodbury School's Rotary Racer Greenpower electric car. This is an efficient electric racing car designed, built and raced by pupils and parents at Chipping Sodbury School in the Greenpower schools challenge. Greenpower cars race in 1.5 hour sprint-style races on full size racing circuits and generally average a speed of around 30mph achieving equivalent MPG values of greater than 3000 MPG.
The aims of the Greenpower initiative is to promote engineering and technology as exciting careers, to those aged 9-21. The concept is for teams of secondary school pupils, their parents and teachers to design, build, develop and race highly efficient "green" electric racing cars.
The Rotary Racer team had an excellent 2014 season managing to gain 2nd place in the international Greenpower F24 Championship at the final held in Goodwood in October 2014 as well as a number of regional wins. If you ever want to see the car in a race, visit www.greenpower.co.uk to see the dates of races or contact the team (see bottom for details).
Also, you can 'like' our facebook page at Rotary Racer Greenpower Team for updates on our latest activities or follow us on twitter at @Rotary_Racer. Make sure you subscribe to our channel - Rotary Racer Greenpower.
Currently the team are racing with Rotary Racer 9. To see how we made it, and what modifications we are doing, please visit our diaries.
29th September - Rotary Racer has qualified for the final in top position! Now we've got to try and beat the curse of number 1 again...
27th September - 1st in both F24 races and 3rd in F24+ at Castle Combe race track. Amazing achievement for the team. Have a look at a small video from the day here
20th September- 1st in both F24 races at Dunsfold and 5th in F24+ with a puncture in the last couple of laps. Tremendous achievement from the team and now we're all looking forward to Castle Combe! Click here to see a video of the day made by the team.
1st July 2015- 1st and 2nd in F24 and 4th in F24+ at the Rockingham heat. An excellent day out for the team and all managed to cope with temperatures of up to 38.5 degrees celsius! The team also won the siemens digital award, amazing!
20th June 2015- 1st and 4th places in each F24 race and 2nd in F24+ at RNAS Merryfield. The team also won the portfolio award for the work that has been put into this website - congrats team, keep it up! A race report is now available here
14th June 2015- The team get 2nd and 1st place in each F24 race at Goodwood. Incredible achivement with it being the first race for some of our new drivers.
12th October 2014- The team gain 2nd, 3rd and 1st at the international final! This impressive achievement has meant that we came 3rd in the F24+ championship, and 2nd in the F24 international final. Congratulations team!
29th September 2014- The team have made it into the final!
28th September 2014- A great day at the home circuit - Castle Combe- getting 1st, 2nd and 1st place positions! Race reports and Pictures will be up soon.
21st September 2014- A fantastic day's racing gaining 3rd, 2nd and 1st place in each race respectively. Race reports and Pictures will be up soon. Go team!
19th July 2014- An absolutely brilliant race day at Merryfield for the team, gaining 1st place positions in both F24 races and 2nd place position (only 0.5seconds behind 1st place) in F24+. Pictures can be found in our showcase section of the website and a race report will be uploaded shortly :)
8th June 2014- A fantastic first race for the season at Goodwood gaining 1st and 2nd places in the first F24 race and F24+ respectively. Pictures from the race can be found here: Goodwood2014 A race report can be found at: Race Report
A brilliant day at the Goodwood Test day 2014, got some vital driving experience in! Thanks Greenpower :)
F24+: Thomas (the Tank Engine/Op-Thomas Prime) and Dawn (Little Miss Flat-Out)
F24: Louise (Persil, Small and Mighty), Jacob (Smiley), Francesca (Nickname to be chosen), Joe (Josephina the Ballerina), Tristan (Tristan' Shout), Tom (Turbo Tom] and Ben (Nickname to be chosen).
Parents: Kevan, Terry, Paul, Steve and Robert
We have made the electronic speed controller used in Rotary Racer into a pupil buildable and programmable kit and are selling this to any Greenpower teams that are interested. As well as performing as an electronic motor speed controller, the kit can be developed by the teams into a full electronics control system for Greenpower cars with displays, data logging, GPS and telemetry etc.