Vauxhall Nimbus Grafity Car built by high-school partnership
Vauxhall’s Gravity race car, “Nimbus,” has passed rigorous testing for the third year running at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, June 25-27.
Driver Jasmina Jambresic, the only woman competing in the Dunhill Soapbox Challenge, is “on loan” from London’s Daily Telegraph. She is an experienced driver who already has reached speeds of about 45 mph on the hill at Goodwood.
The Nimbus is a state-of-the-art vehicle that will race with the “Number 22” and in the red and white livery of Vauxhall. It has been designed and constructed by a partnership of 10 schools from Suffolk, U.K. Approximately 50 local and national companies have been involved in the project, such as the East of England Development Agency, Vauxhall, Michelin and the Daily Telegraph. Local companies also have helped financially and with the design and vehicle construction. This initiative gives the high school students an introduction to careers in engineering and motorsports.
The team has high hopes for this year’s race, even against strong competition from other automotive manufacturers. One innovation this year is a drogue parachute that will be deployed for deceleration after the finish.
Schools involved in the Nimbus program are:
- Bungay High School
- East Bergholt High School
- Great Cornard Upper School
- Hardwick Middle School
- Newmarket Upper School
- Orwell High School
- Samuel Ward Upper School
- Stoke High School
- Stowmarket Upper School
- Thomas Mills High School