What is cooler than designing your own electric go-kart? Having the craftspeople at Rolls-Royce turn your design into a real machine!
The kart, which is painted blue in tribute to the Rolls-Royce Bluebird land speed record car, was designed by a team of 10- and 11-year-olds at the March Church of England Primary School, next door to the Rolls-Royce headquarters in Goodwood, England.
The car was built to compete in the Green Power Formula Goblin race series and achieves 8 mph thanks to its 24-volt electric propulsion system. Rolls-Royce held a series of classes with the students, both at their school and at the company’s offices, to finalize the kart’s design.
Then a team of apprentices from the Rolls-Royce Assembly, Engineering, Wood, Leather and Surface Finishing Centre practiced their skills to turn that design into reality. Kids in other karts may endure sitting on cheap foam cushions, but the March school kids enjoy a seat of the company’s finest-grade leather. Even better, the kids got to stitch their initials into the seat, to autograph their design work.
“We were delighted to support The March CE Primary School with their 2015 Green Power entry,” said Andrew Ball, Rolls-Royce’s global corporate communications manager. “The team at Rolls-Royce were impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and passion for the project and their attention to every detail. We have no doubt that they are designers and engineers of the future, and we look forward to welcoming them one day to the Rolls-Royce family.”
Some kids at other schools might long for a chance to be adopted into that family.
Photos by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars