An eight-feet long, five-seater town car...coasting only one hundred pounds sterling to construct...has won an?
An eight-feet long, five-seater town car...coasting only one hundred pounds sterling to construct...has won an oil company-sponsored schools build-a-car competition in Britain.
The car was built at the Cranleigh School in Surrey in just over twelve months.
It has a top speed of about 50 m.p.h. (80 kph) with about 50 miles (80 kms) per gallon fuel economy.
The Cranleigh students, all aged under eighteen years, used parts from six well-known makes of car for their experiment.
Twenty-seven schools took part in the competition, with the winner's prize... a new minibus.
SYNOPSIS: The schools taking part had to build a car primarily for town or city use, and it had to conform to British Construction and Use Regulations. Other conditions specified that the cars should run on oil-based fuels, they should run on oil-based fuels, they should have four wheels, and should be able to carry at least tow people of adult size.
The entries went through a rigorous testing sequence to judge handling ability as well as roadworthiness, pollution control, economy and simplicity of construction. Many of the cars took about a year to build, and were made from parts of well-known brand as well as many custom-built pieces. A spokesman for the sponsors said his company was looking to the fresh approach of youngsters to find a revolutionary high-economy town car.