On November 12 and 13, Renishaw’s ten-employee racing team displayed two electric cars built alongside championship touring cars and F4 racing teams.
Following their participation in the Greenpower F24+ Finals in the UK, the Spanish Greenpower community invited the Renishaw Racing Team to take part in their race weekend.
The team, consisting mainly of apprentices and current or recent graduates, has worked closely with Greenpower Iberica and the Spanish subsidiary of Renishaw, to enable the team to participate and demonstrate their engineering skills to young people visiting the Montmeló circuit in Barcelona.
As part of the race weekend, the team of drivers and engineers took part in a friendly race against other Greenpower teams around the track to showcase their unique cars.
Renishaw Greenpower electric vehicles are designed and built from scratch by employees in the early stages of their careers. The team uses their individual skill sets and a range of manufacturing techniques to develop the car, including features such as cycling gears that enable nine-speed gear ratios to reach higher speeds as well as electronic and communication systems on the cars.
To improve the aerodynamics and reduce the car’s weight, team members have been trialling some of the new additive-machined (3D-printed) products, such as the mirror fare, made in-house at Renishaw’s UK HQ site in Gloucestershire.
In order to participate in the Montmelo circuit, the cars had to pass an inspection and scrutiny, after which they were awarded the best engineered car and best chassis.
“Our team is made up of a range of backgrounds, both in and out of engineering,” said April Joynson, Renishaw trade graduate and team driver.
“These types of projects bring our skills together, breaking the prejudice that jobs in engineering are only for men or those with STEM backgrounds.”
“Eight of the ten team members who attended the weekend are current or former Renishaw apprentices and alumni, highlighting how Renishaw encourages students to develop their skills and showcase the many paths in the industry. Attending the event also gave our team the unique opportunity to meet F4 engineers and participating in events that would not normally be open to them.”
“Having seen the success of Greenpower Racing and its role in STEM awareness in the UK, we were delighted to see how excited both the public and the racers were to see the cars in person on the race weekend while the charity develops teams in Spain,” added Victor Escobar. , Managing Director of Renishaw Iberica.
“In addition to sparking young people’s interest in racing and engineering, the car exposes the company to a new audience. For example, the car now features additive-machined parts on Renishaw systems to improve performance and aerodynamics, showcasing what we can do at our solutions center in Barcelona.”
Over the racing weekend Team Renishaw also took part in Greenpower career development promotions, had access to the pits to meet the F4 teams racing for the weekend and got to drive around the famous F1 track. They also met up with their Spanish colleagues at the Renishaw Solutions Center in Barcelona, which includes Renishaw additive manufacturing systems.
The Greenpower Foundation is an international network of over 30,000 students making up 2,100 teams participating in 100 regional, national and international races in Goblin (9-11 years old), Formula 24 (11-16 years old) and Formula 24+ (16-25 years old) categories. The foundation is dedicated to fostering interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through the design and construction of electric vehicles that participate in racing.