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Renishaw's next generation of engineers compete on the track at Barcelona racing weekend

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25 November 2022

To encourage young people to consider a career in engineering, the UK Greenpower team at global engineering company, Renishaw, partnered with the company’s Spanish subsidiary to race at the RFEDA Racing weekend in Barcelona. On November 12th and 13th, the racing team of ten Renishaw employees showcased two scratch-built electric vehicles alongside championship touring cars and F4 racing teams.

The Spanish Greenpower community were so impressed that they invited the Renishaw racing team, mostly made up of current or recent apprentices and graduates, to take part in the racing weekend at the Montmeló circuit in Barcelona.

The Renishaw Greenpower electric cars are designed and manufactured from scratch by employees in the early stages of their career. The team uses their individual skills sets and a range of manufacturing techniques to develop the car, including features like cycling gears that enable nine-speed gearing ratios to reach greater speeds as well as electronics and communication systems on the cars.

Greenpower[2]To improve aerodynamics and reduce the weight of the car, team members trialled some new 3D printed products, such as mirror farings, made in-house at Renishaw’s UK HQ site at Wootton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire.

In order to participate at the Montmeló circuit, the cars had to pass scrutineering, following which they were awarded best engineered car and best bodywork.

April Joynson, Commercial Graduate at Renishaw and a driver for the team, said: “Our team consists of people from a range of backgrounds, both in and outside of engineering.

"These types of projects bring our skills together, breaking the bias that careers in engineering are only for men or those with STEM backgrounds.

She added: “Eight of the ten team members that attended the weekend are current or former apprentices and graduates at Renishaw, highlighting how Renishaw encourages students to develop their skills and showcasing the multiple pathways into this industry. Attending this event also gave our team a unique opportunity to meet F4 engineers and take part in events that wouldn’t normally be open to them."

Victor Escobar, Managing Director of Renishaw Iberica, said: “After seeing the success of Greenpower racing and its role in STEM outreach in the UK, we were happy to see how both audience members and racers were excited to see the cars in person at the racing weekend as the charity develops teams in Spain.

"As well as getting young people excited about racing and engineering, the car showcases the company to a new audience. For example, the car now features parts additively manufactured on Renishaw systems to improve performance and aerodynamics, showcasing what we can do at our Solutions Centre in Barcelona.”

The Greenpower Foundation, headquartered near Portsmouth, is an international network of more than 30,000 students who make up 2,100 teams participating in 100 regional, national and international races in the Goblin (9 to 11 years old), Formula 24 (11 to 16 years old) and Formula 24+ (16 to 25 years old) categories. The foundation is dedicated to promoting interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through the design and construction of electric vehicles that participate in races.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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