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Lafert sponsors battery powered racing car team

Lafert sponsors battery powered racing car team When Brian Bannister, motor specialist with Lafert Electric Motors of Crewe handed over a sponsorship cheque to the Girls at Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College who form the teams participating in the IET (Institution of Engineering & Technology) Formula 24 and 24+ racing car competitions, commented: "The youth of today are our future so is important to invest in the development of their skills and knowledge."

The Sandbach teams, known as CAUC (Complete and Utter Chaos), have a great record in the Formula 24 and 24+ events, achieving six firsts, three seconds and a third since first entering the competitions in 2008. They were National Champions for Formula 24 in 2008 and 2010 and 24+ for 2009 and 2010. During 2013 the team participated in six events at different circuits and set a new lap record on each occasion. These successes have been achieved against some major car manufacturers' teams.

For IET's GreenPower events, The Sandbach CAUC teams have to design and build electric racing cars based upon specified motors and batteries. The Formula 24 is for teams comprising 11 to 16 year olds and Formula 24+ is for 16 to 24 year olds. A key factor in the Sandbach teams is the use of trackside telemetry. They monitor data sent by the car on laptops so speed, power settings and battery life can be observed to maximise driver/car efficiency. Other important skills developed include ICT, design and aerodynamics as well as team work, communications, organisation and leadership.

For both Formula 24 and 24+, the teams compete in a series of regional races the winners of which are those with cars that have travelled the greatest distances in a given time. The top three cars after eleven events automatically qualify for the Final. The rest of the cars on the 75-car grid go to the teams that have travelled the furthest in any one of the regional events, plus three wild cards.

The power pack for all the participating cars is standardised: two 12V electric batteries and a 12V DC motor (the same as an electric wheelchair motor). In addition to helping nurture the skills required, Lafert's involvement in the Formula 24/24+ projects also reflects the company's own experience and product range relating to battery powered  vehicles.
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