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Valeport Sponsor Team Hummingbird to Final of the IET Formula 24 Series

An all-female team of budding racing drivers and technicians from Plymouth High School for Girls is celebrating as they secured a coveted place at the international final of the IET Formula 24 series, a competitive race series for electric vehicles designed, engineered and driven by 11-16 year olds.

Valeport Sponsor Team from Plymouth High School For Girls to Final of the IET Formula 24 SeriesSponsorship from Totnes-based Valeport, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of underwater measuring equipment, has brought ‘Team Hummingbird’ closer to their dream of glory as they took part in the South West regional heat in Newquay on 22 June, fighting hard to take second place and claim their place at the international final which will take place at Rockingham Speedway in October.

Valeport’s donation of £500 has ensured the team is able to compete this season by helping the team to cover the price of race entry, which is £90 per event, and the cost of perishable parts for ‘Hummingbird’, including specialist low rolling resistance tyres, which help to ensure ‘Hummingbird’ remains in pole position. ‘Hummingbird’ has been competing in the IET Formula 24 series with successive teams for six years, providing students from years 7 to 11 with unique opportunities to develop their mathematical and engineering knowledge, their problem-solving and team work skills, and their ability to make quick decisions under pressure.

Valeport Sponsor Team Hummingbird to Final of the IET Formula 24 SeriesSponsorship from Totnes-based Valeport, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of underwater measuring equipment, has brought ‘Team Hummingbird’ closer to their dream of glory as they took part in the South West regional heat in Newquay on 22 June, fighting hard to take second place and claim their place at the international final which will take place at Rockingham Speedway in October.

Each year, approximately 400 secondary schools across the UK compete in a series of regional heats consisting of two 90 minute races, aiming to cover the greatest distance in the allotted time. Team Hummingbird hopes to steer their vehicle – engineered to deliver an incredible fuel efficiency equivalent to 3,000mpg – through 30 miles with just two 12volt batteries on board.

Valeport is one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of cutting edge underwater measuring equipment. From its state of the art premises at Baltic Wharf, Totnes, Valeport supplies environmental, defence, renewable energy, construction and civil engineering customers around the world. The company has been family owned since 1969 and employs over 80 people at its Devon headquarters.

Valeport Sales & Marketing Manager, Kevin Edwards, commented: “We are delighted to support young people to pursue a passion for engineering and particularly to encourage girls to break down barriers in traditionally male-dominated spheres. ‘Hummingbird’ is an exciting project and we wish the team every success with the race season.”

Rob van Es, Head of STEM at Plymouth High School for Girls, said: “Without Valeport’s generous sponsorship Team Hummingbird would not be competing in 2017 so we are very grateful for the support. The costs of taking part in the race series are entirely justified by the skills and experiences that the students gain in a variety of roles from driving, to race strategy and engineering design. The last few months have been spent stripping down ‘Hummingbird’ and rebuilding ready for our regional heats and I’m incredibly proud of the team’s strong performance in Newquay and their well-deserved place in the international final.”

Any sponsorship enquiries for Team Hummingbird can be directed to: rvanes@phsg.org

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