Youngsters at a Warwickshire school are working with top engineers from one of the world's most glamorous luxury car firms as part of a project to give them industry experience.
Four students at Southam College - Suzanne Freeman, Emma Young, Tom Payne and Peter Bicknell - are helping engineers Gavin Hughes and Tony Green to develop a system which will gather vital while a vehicle is in motion.
Gaydon- based Aston Martin is involved in the scheme as part of its commitment to collaborate with local schools and colleges. Its engineers visit Southam twice a month to manage students' progress, offer advice, and ensure that deadlines are being met.
The task is to develop a device which will measure how much force is needed to operate a vehicle's control pedals - those of competitors as well as Aston Martin's own range.
As things stand this test can only be done with stationary vehicles. The new project is examining ways of achieving accurate results from cars in motion.
David Knapp, deputy head at Southam College, a designated technology college, said: "Like all car firms, Aston Martin needs to compare the performance of its own cars with those of other manufacturers, and the only way of doing that accurately is by devising a way to ensure that exactly the same pressure is exerted on the pedals of vehicles being tested."