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Grade 8 student wins art competition, and a car

It’s not a Rolls-Royce, but now British student and her teammates can design their own electric racing vehicle


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has given a car to the Year 8 students at St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School in England, though it’s not one of the automakers luxury machines. It’s a Greenpower car kit, so an art competition winner and her classmates can compete in a race later this year.

The British luxury car company is a sponsor of the Young Designer Competition that draws more than 5,000 entries from children around the world ages 5-16. A St Saviour’s & St Olave’s student, Sofia, was a regional winner for her Bumblebee 5000 drawing. 

To encourage her interest in the future of transportation, the automaker has presented the Greenpower kit for Sophia and her nine teammates to use in the upcoming design-built-race a car challenge and will have its own design head work with the students as they create their own bodywork for the vehicle. 

St Saviour’s & St Olave’s is a Church of England school for girls in inner-city Southwark, South London. 

Sofia and her teammates

“She was a worthy winner in our Young Designer Competition with the wonderful Bumblebee 5000, and clearly has a great imagination and eye for detail,” Andrew Ball, Rolls-Royce head of corporate relations, was quoted in the company’s news release.

“While her winning design was a dream-car of the future, the Greenpower project gives her and her friends the opportunity to design and build their own ‘real’ working car, in the present day. We look forward to working with them on their design and wish them every success in the racing season to come.”

The Greenpower Education Trust is a UK-based charity created to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and math through the design, building and racing of an electric vehicle. The kit comprises a standard chassis, motor and batteries – it’s left to the team to design and build the bodywork themselves. 

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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