Young engineers from RGU went head to head in a fiercely competitive race on the university campus last week as they put their soapbox racers to the test.
The third-year engineering students have been hard at work since February designing, constructing and assembling their vehicles as part of a student project aimed at encouraging mathematical, analytical and team working skills.
The soapbox racers are comprised of a two-metre go-kart style body with brakes, steering and a safety roll cage, and were conceived and built entirely by the students within their teams.
The 19 teams had two attempts to complete a carefully planned route, weaving through obstacles to test their manoeuvrability, brakes, steering and the pilot’s handling skills, with gold, silver and bronze trophies to be presented to the three fastest teams.
Team M came out as the winners on the day, narrowly fending off competition from Team Q in second and Team D in third.
Team M said: “All our hard work has really paid off, but we’ve been expecting to win from the start. We decided to keep our design for the racer quite simple and this proved to work on the day.”
Certificates were also presented to the best three teams following assessment of build quality, functionality, safety features, performance timings and structural integrity of the yachts after the race.
The students carefully researched and designed their racers before setting to work on the fabrication process with a budget of £200 per team.
“They’ve had to design and build a soapbox racer that can withstand the fairly steep and challenging course that we’ve got here at RGU.
“They’ve been through a fairly robust assessment process where they’ve gone through early design iterations, which has gone on to then selecting what they believe to be a good, robust design that’s mechanically sound.
“This year we were very lucky to be sponsored by Aramark which provided a free BBQ for students, staff and visitors who came along to the race and a big thanks also to CBRE which sponsored the prizes for race day, which is very supportive.”
by Rob Smith
Press and Media Enquiries