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Gadget Show Gravity Racer Challenge

Formula Gravity Racer for Gadget Show

 David Ackroyd and Ortis Deley with The Lotus Eater MkII

Next week's Gadget Show (Monday March 21st 8pm on Channel 5) will be featuring a challenge involving a race between a cartie and a Lotus. The cartie, built by Graham Parish Engineering and students from West Suffolk College using components supplied by Formula Gravity, is taking on a Lotus Elise to see who can complete the course in the shortest time. To even things out, the gravity powered racer will be travelling downhill while the petrol powered Lotus will be travelling uphill.

The course is at Saarburgh in Germany. It is very steep and technical, which should even things out and make for a very interesting challenge.

There is a trailer on the Gadget Show web site in which you can get a quick glimpse of the racer and a preview of the course.


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Formula Gravity at Gadget Show Live

Gadget Show Cartie RaceFormula Gravity - the builders of the Gadget Show cartie that narrowly lost to Lotus last year - will be exhibiting at Gadget Show Live at the Birmingham NEC this month. Formula Gravity are one of the most dedicated teams on the scene and compete in soapbox cartie races the length and breadth of the UK, so they will be a familiar sight to many. Make sure you pop along and say hello if you are in the vicinity.
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Lotus Narrowly Beat The Gadget Show

Lotus 119c versus The Gadget Show "Lotus Eater"The Gadget Show's soapbox racer narrowly lost out to the Lotus 119c by a fraction of a second in the final run of the challenge. You can get the full story on the Gadget Show's web site.
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Soapbox Racing on the Telly

 Lotus 119c
 Lotus Eater

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Five's Gadget Show will be doing a piece on soapbox racing later this month. Presenters Ortis and Jason will be driving a cart designed and built by David Ackroyd and Loughborough College, and taking on the current Goodwood Festival of Speed winner and course record holder - the Lotus 119c.

The Lotus took 18 months to design and build, and cost £220,000. David and the Loughborough College students got 4 1/2 days and a budget of £1,500 to build their challenger - the appropriately named "Lotus Eater". You can't buy gravity though, and they both got the same 9.81m/s2, and the result was remarkably close.

So who won? Well you'll just have to watch the Gadget Show on Monday 30th March on Five at 8pm to find out...

Further Information:

The Gadget Show

Formula Gravity

Loughborough College

Telegraph Article


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