A team from Holland Park School in London emerged as winner in this year’s Land Rover TrackNAVCHALLENGE competition designed to introduce youngsters to design and engineering.
Teams were challenged to design and build a radio-controlled four-wheel drive vehicle that replicates what a full-size Land Rover can do.
Finalists fought it out at the Heritage Motor Centre next Land Rover’s headquarters at Gaydon in Warwickshire.
Each team’s vehicle was tested to its limits over a challenging track, specially designed with a variety of obstacles to ensure it meets specifications set out by Land Rover engineers and educational specialists.
To ensure the competition met academic and industry benchmarks, each team also had to provide a portfolio detailing the design and decision-making process for its entry, along with financial records and a presentation of its work to a panel of judges.
TrackNAVCHALLENGE, which is now in its third year, is undertaken by groups of four to six pupils at Key Stage 4 or 5 as part of their normal lessons – such as GCSE Engineering and GCSE Design and Technology – or as an extracurricular activity.
Les Ratcliffe, Land Rover’s corporate community relations manager, said: “There was an outstanding standard to the entries this year, which were a credit to the young people, teachers and supporters who participated in the challenge.”