Excitement hots up for Ardingly Ifield Solar Car Tour John O’Groats to Haywards Heath 2nd – 11th August 2021

Solar Car

Institute of the Motor Industry lends support for 10 day nationwide tour showcasing the future of automotive thinking

Ardingly Solar is a collaborative project between two science renowned schools - Ardingly College and Ifield Community College – to bring new, fresh thinking to the age-old problem of vehicle pollution. Tackling pollution ‘one car at a time’, the students have developed a series of innovative solutions over the last decade. The Institute of the Motor Industry has supported Ardingly Ifield Solar throughout its developments, playing a pivotal role in the construction of each of the solar cars, as well as developing an electric vehicle extracurricular course for pupils that will be trialled at Ardingly College and Ifield Community College this September.

Having endured a year where much of their innovation could not be showcased, the Ardingly Ifield Solar team are now embarking on a mammoth road trip, from John O’Groats to Haywards Heath, from 2nd to 11th August. Centre stage will be ‘The Basking Beasty’ – a car powered by solar energy. As Tom Porter from Ifield Community College and one of the students involved in the project explained it’s a really important venture: “As a pupil, this trip is important to me as I get to have a voice to show what can be done in solar energy transport. It's exciting to know we are helping to build a better future”. 

Under the guidance of MBE Dr Andrew Spiers, Ardingly Ifield Solar Car Project Manager, and with the help of volunteer companies, teachers and individuals including IMI regional member representatives, Douglas Wragg and Mike Reed, the students from Ardingly College and Ifield Community College had already made a name for themselves in the world of automotive innovation. Now they plan to go further with their road trip which will stop at sites of interest and those that have played a part in the manufacture and creation of this amazing and innovative car.

The IMI is supporting the Solar Car Challenge and will be using the road trip to raise money for its nominated charity, Ben, as Steve Scofield, Head of Business Development at the IMI explained: “There is no question that we need the greatest minds working on the best ideas to tackle the global pollution challenges and the Ardingly Ifield Solar team are playing no small part in using their imagination and ingenuity to show that solar power could be part of the answer. 

“It’s hugely exciting to be involved in this latest project from the team and we really hope that by touring the UK their message about using solar power will reach a wider audience.  We are also delighted that we can use this event to help raise funds for automotive charity, Ben.”

To donate to Ben visit Ben - Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund: Solar Car Challenge.

Road trip stopping points

2nd August John O’Groats – 9.00 am
2nd August Inverness - 1.45 pm (Inverness Castle, Inverness, IV23E)
3rd August 3 pm (Richard Thomson MSP - Aberdeen Energy Park, Claymore Dr, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8GX)
4th August Holyrood - 3.30 pm (Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX)
5th August Durham University - 2.30 pm (DUEM solar team & Flexible Solar - The Palatine Centre, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LE)
6th August York Shambles - 10.40 am (York, YO1 7LX)
6th August Ben Home - 3.00 pm (Brinklow Rd, Easenhall, Rugby, CV23 0JE)
7th August Warwick - 10:00 am (With Cambridge University at the British Museum EV show - British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Lighthorne Heath, Warwick CV35 0BJ)
8th August Cambridge - 12:45 pm (Engineering Department and Business Park, Trumpington St, Cambridge, CB21P)
9th August IMI HQ - 12.00 pm (Fanshaws, Brickendon, Hertford, SG13 8PQ)
10th August Central London - 1.00 pm (Ministry of Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, London, SW1P 4DR)
11th August McLaren - 11 am (McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, GU21 4YH)
11th August Crawley Thales & Elekta - 3.00 pm (Thales - Manor Royal, Crawley, RH109HA) (Elekta - Linac House, Fleming Way, Crawley, RH10 9RR)
11th August Haywards Heath - 5.00 pm (Ardingly College, College Rd, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, RH17 6SQ)

To find out more about the Ardingly Solar Car Project visit www.ardinglysolar.com