A group of talented sixth formers from Altrincham Grammar School for Boys who received a helping hand from the leading trailer manufacturing group Cartwright have won a regional competition to design a radio controlled 4 x 4 vehicle.
The six students, who collectively call themselves ‘The Mancunian Way’, designed the vehicle to complete a specially designed test track and perform to the same standards as a full-scale 4×4 in an off-road situation.
Cartwright, whose 38 acre head office is based in Broadheath, helped sponsor the project by helping to purchase components for the vehicle. It is part of the Land Rover 4 x 4 in Schools Challenge 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: “After a long and stressful day of presenting hours upon hours of work we were ecstatic – it was all worth it.
“The day consisted of a number of judging sessions including our 20-page A3 portfolio, our pit display, scrutinising – ensuring our car meets all of the technical regulations – track performance and a verbal presentation. As winners, we are proud to represent the North West in the national finals.”
Also a member of ‘The Mancunian Way’ is Will Atkins, an A Level student studying for maths, physics and computer science, who had previously attended a work experience placement at Cartwright.
Will, from Altrincham, said that the competition had proven to be a challenge, but an enjoyable one which brought together the individual skills of every team member; most of whom would like to go into engineering.
Will commented: “There were multiple key components to the project which encompass a lot of engineering disciplines, such as mechanical engineering, electrical or electronic engineering and control system engineering.
“Each of these sub-tasks required an in-depth knowledge of the concepts and components and so were assigned to one or two members of the team who then designed and manufactured the required parts. I was very grateful for the opportunity to discover a little bit of what it is like to work in the engineering industry.”
Will said that it was his previous dealings with Cartwright when he attended work experience in 2015 that inspired him to get back in touch with the company.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Cartwright. During my placement, I was given a tour of all of the departments and spent time in design and IT.”
Mark Cartwright, Group Managing Director, said that he and his team were delighted to help particularly since the competition fitted perfectly with the company’s own passion of discovering and nurturing young talent among the engineers of tomorrow.
Since the launch of Cartwright’s multi award-winning apprenticeship scheme in 2012, the company has proudly recruited and trained 135 young apprentices and last year it was named as one of the UK’s top 100 apprenticeship employers.
Mark commented: “Since we introduced our apprenticeship scheme to Cartwright six years ago, our young people have helped to breathe new life into our 65-year business. It is this very same passion that Will and his fellow sixth formers have demonstrated from the outset in this Land Rover 4 x 4 challenge that left us with a great impression of him when he came to us on work experience. We were only too delighted to help the students in their entry to the competition. Will is definitely a star of the future!”
The national finals will take place at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon on March 22nd and 23rd.