Gregory Franck and Fourie Van Der Westhuizen (both Nico Malan students) were declared winners in an engineering competition to design and build an electric car that would travel down a 2 Km track, hit a wall and return back to the starting point.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Design Competition saw the local students take the honours amongst selected learners in the Eastern and South Western Cape region.

The electric motor car that won the race and a R 40 000 bursary for Gregory Franck

For the competition students had to build their own car, on a chassis that they designed themselves.

 “We could use parts for old cars to manufacture our cars. The cars had to be powered from one standard 9v battery” said Gregory. “Along with making our cars we also had to draw and design them on ‘Autocad’ (a computer program for drawing).

Gregory Franck, Mr. Riaan Olivier and Fourie Van Der Westhuizen all from Nico Malan.

A bursary was offered for the best design report which in the end was won by Fourie van der Westhuizen. “My car ended up winning the race which I am extremely happy about”, added Gregory also a student at the local high school.

“NMMU aims to develop young engineers and prepare learners for the challenges associated in the working world of today,” said Howard Theunissen from NMMU. “We seek to create an environment that welcomes innovation and creativity as well as embracing technology,” he continued.

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