Sidesteps UK manufacture, supply and install steps for all Land Rover vehiclesThe Land Rover newsroom have recently reported on a team of students from The Kings School in Worcester, that have been crowned ‘Land Rover 4×4 in schools Technology Challenge’ World Champions. The award ceremony was held in Coventry at the Ricoh Arena last month.

The team from The Kings school were all 16 years old and named their team ‘Vertical Horizon’. They were involved for many months with various challenges including designing, building and testing remote controlled miniature 4×4 vehicles. The vehicles had to compete on off road tracks in both regional and national round competitions. These rounds included driving around a difficult test track with a rock crawl, rope bridge and water dip. The competition was indeed a global affair, with teams entering from 15 different countries across the world. Countries that entered included Brazil, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which made it to the World final. The world final was a first of it’s kind.

On winning the challenge, Eric Lummas, a teacher at Kings said …

“I’m extremely proud of the team. They have worked very hard to achieve success including lots of work outside school. The Challenge has helped them strengthen key skills such as team working, problem solving and communication which will help them when they enter the world of work. The competition is a great opportunity for young people and I’d highly recommend it to other schools and students.”

The ‘Vertical Horizon’ team manager Ben Weaver added …

“I’m delighted we won, it’s beyond anything we dreamed of. I think we were successful thanks to 1,000 hours of hard graft, team work and perseverance as well as attention to detail. We also developed a unique suspension and focused on quality craftsmanship, engineering and design throughout the project. As a result of the Challenge, we are all now inspired to become engineers. It’s been a great experience and we prove that if you put the effort in, you can succeed.”

The long term partnership that Land Rover has with Virgin Galactic, hope to enthuse young minds in the ares of Maths, Engineering, Technology and Science. Ultimately, encouraging young people to choose a career path in these fields.

The ‘Vertical Horizon’ team from Worcester were awarded with the Land Rover 4×4 in schools Technology World challenge trophy. In addition, they received a fabulous prize which was a £1,000 scholarship for Harper Adams University.

Sidesteps UK would like to congratulate all that took part in the competition.

For further information contact:

Kate Birkenhead, CSR PR and Communications, Jaguar Land Rover
M: 07780 494 352, E:

Alison Hill, Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Press Officer
Mobile: 07710 306588,

Christine Choi, Head of Communications, Virgin Galactic
M: +1415 531 4754, E:

With thanks to the Land Rover News Room for the use of the photograph.



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