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Pupils gear up for eco car contest

PUBLISHED: 15:18 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:39 12 August 2010

PUPILS have built an eco-car to enter into a national engineering competition. Pupils at Langley Park Boys School, Beckenham,

PUPILS have built an eco-car to enter into a national engineering competition.

Pupils at Langley Park Boys' School, Beckenham, built a fuel-efficient car from scratch to enter into today's Rockingham Festival of Science.

The Shell sponsored eco-marathon requires entrants to complete a course using the least fuel possible while travelling at an average speed of 15mph.

Steve Weston, head of design and technology at Langley Park, said: "A good education in engineering could set the students up with a career for life.

"It's very rewarding to feel involved in developing the next generation of British engineers."

Langley Park's team of 13 to 14-year-olds will this year enter Spirit I and II, aiming to beat their record last year of 140 miles to the gallon.

A Ford Mondeo would use 12 times that much fuel, covering just 36 miles to the

gallon.


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