Formula E students ready to race in Long Beach

Students prepare for the Long Beach round of the Formula E School Series - image courtesy of FIA
Students prepare for the Long Beach round of the Formula E School Series - image courtesy of FIA.

Students from around California are revving up to put their car racing skills to the test this weekend.

Teams of students from six Californian schools are heading to Long Beach this Saturday (April 4) for the third round of the inaugural FIA Formula E School Series.

This weekend’s student race will take place alongside the professional FIA Formula E Long Beach ePrix race and follows the Formula E School Series’ second round of racing held at Miami on March 14.

The five-round series showcases the motoring talent of the teams of students who have the opportunity to build and race their own all-electric racing cars.

The series is also designed to get young people engaged in sustainable engineering.

Greenpower are the suppliers of the 2014/15 Formula E School Series.

The UK based charity helps to promote careers in engineering and sustainability to young people, building their STEM skills by having the students focus on a project to design, build and race an electric car.

Greenpower CEO, Jeremy Way, said the Formula E series was an exciting and necessary way to showcase the vast appeal of a career in engineering.

“Unless we highlight engineering as a stimulating and cutting-edge career, the industry will find it difficult to maximise its potential, so the work we do with young people is very important for the world’s economy,” he said.

“Engineering is viewed as somewhat manual and unappealing but initiatives like the School Series can really showcase how vibrant and exciting engineering can be,

“I hope the students who take part in what promises to be an outstanding event in Long Beach go on to consider seriously a career in engineering.”

After this weekend’s round at Long Beach, the series heads to Berlin for the fourth round on May 23.

The series began in January at Buenos Aires, Argentina and will conclude with the season finale during the fifth and final round at London’s Battersea Park on June 27-28.