Solar Car Challenge - If you can't stand the heat, get off the race track

Local primary school pupils will be keeping their fingers crossed for a sunny day on 23 June when they will be taking part in the Hampshire Solar Car Challenge 2004.

Pupils from 5 primary schools in the Winchester district are taking part in the project, which is backed by Winchester City Council. The Challenge involves Councils throughout Hampshire and aims to promote renewable energy and raise awareness of solar power, climate change and pollution.

The pupils from Cheriton Primary School, John Keble Primary School (Hursley), St. Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School, Western Primary School and Wickham Primary School have spent the last few months working on designing and building their model race cars which can only be powered by the sun.

The moment of truth will come for the aspiring environmentally friendly race engineers and drivers at the Winchester district heat to be held on Wednesday 23 June at River Park Leisure Centre between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

As well as racing their cars against each other to see who is the quickest over 20 metres, the pupils will also be designing cars to be judged by Cllr Therese Evans, for best body design, testing both artistic and engineering skills.

The winners from each category will represent Winchester City Council in the Hampshire final on Thursday 15 July at Thruxton Racing Circuit. Fourteen teams representing 7 Hampshire district councils will battle it out to see who can mount the winners' podium and be crowned the Solar Car Challenge Champions of 2004.