A group of talented sixth formers from Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, who received a helping hand from leading trailer manufacturer Cartwright Group, have reached the World Finals of the Land Rover in Schools 4×4 challenge.
After successfully competing in the National Finals of the Land Rover in Schools 4×4 challenge the six schoolboys, who call themselves ‘The Mancunian Way’ will now go head to head with the best and brightest young engineers in the world at prestigious event.
All six members of ‘The Mancunian Way’ specifically designed the vehicle to successfully complete a specially designed track and perform to the same standards as a full-scale 4×4 in an off-road situation.
Cartwright Group’s sponsorship has helped purchase much-needed components for the vehicle that are necessary to compete in the competition which aims to seek out the design, manufacturing and engineering stars of tomorrow.
Speaking after the event, pupil Luke Kwan, team leader of The Mancunian Way, said: “The whole team cannot find the words to express how proud we are to get this far of the Land Rover in Schools 4×4 challenge. The National Finals were tough. The event brought together 25 of the best budding engineers in the country that were all vying for a place at the World Finals an we’re ecstatic that we managed to get ourselves over the finish line by winning best engineered vehicle and achieving a 2nd overall finishing place! The whole team is hugely thankful for the financial support from Cartwright which was invaluable in sourcing the components we needed to get us over the finish line. We also want to offer our thanks to Mark Cartwright for his kind words of support throughout the competition.”
Held at the renowned British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, the 2-day event consisted of 5 criteria of judging: Track Performance, Scrutineering, Pit Display, Verbal Presentation and Engineering Judging.
Cartwright Group is passionate about supporting young people and encouraging them to develop engineering skills and provide them with a foundation for the future. Since the launch of Cartwright’s multi award-winning apprenticeship scheme in 2012, the Altrincham-based company has recruited and trained 135 young apprentices and was named as one of the top 100 apprenticeship employers last year.
Mark Cartwright, Group Managing Director of the Group commented: “The passion and commitment shown by Will and his fellow team members in reaching the World Finals of the Land Rover in Schools 4×4 challenge has been phenomenal but has not come as a surprise. Will showed a great work ethic during his brief spell with us on work experience where he left us with a great impression. They are a great credit to the school and us as sponsors. We were delighted to help the talented ‘Mancunian Way’ and everyone at the Group wish them the best of luck on the world stage.”
The location of the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools World Finals 2018 is yet to be confirmed but participants can expect an attractive location with last year’s finals being held in Abu Dhabi.
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