A kit car in action from a previous event.
Goblin Kit Cars will race around Ennerdale Leisure Centre's cycle circuit.

Handmade electric race cars return to Hull

Pop along to West Park next month for the chance to see the next Lewis Hamilton in action as primary school children test their handmade racing cars around the MKM Stadium’s car park.

Hull City Council, through Green Port Hull, is supporting Greenpower Education Trust in hosting Green Port Hull Goblins electric car event on Sunday 14th May.

Primary school pupils aged nine to 11 across the city have been teaming up to create their electric kit cars and all are welcome to see them test their racing skills around the slalom tracks at the MKM Stadium.

Greenpower Education Trust has provided the framework for the kit cars, known as Goblins, as well as the components for a battery powered engine.

The car must be built by the pupils, including designing and sourcing the bodywork themselves, with an emphasis on using eco-friendly materials.

The vehicles have been created in school projects which focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, as well as teamwork.

Entrants are also tasked with sourcing their own sponsorship for their Goblins.

There will be a parade of the cars around 10:30am, with the action getting underway at 11am and prizegiving to follow.

Mark Jones, director of regeneration at Hull City Council, said: “The council is delighted to be supporting Greenpower Education Trust with the Green Port Hull Goblins electric car event.

“This is a fantastic event which will not only be undoubted fun, but will help pupils engage in key subjects and enhance their education.

“The Hull Street Race hosted in 2019 was a brilliant spectacle, but the pandemic limited any race events, so it’s great to be able to reinvigorate our involvement with Greenpower Education Trust and to kickstart the kit car project in our schools again.

“I look forward to seeing the cars in action.”

Michele Augousti, CEO of Greenpower Education Trust, added: “We are immensely grateful for the continued support being given by Green Port Hull to enable another Goblin event to take place this year in Hull at the MKM stadium. 

“Green Port Hull has supported us for many years and is very kindly providing sponsorship again so that this event can take place.

“This enables Greenpower to be able to provide young people with the opportunity to design, build and race electric cars at a host of events throughout the year, culminating in an International Final in all three categories: Formula Goblin (ages 9-11), IET Formula 24 (ages 11-16) and IET Formula 24+ (ages 16-25). “

You can find out more about the event and what Green Port Hull does here.

For further information on Greenpower Education Trust, visit here.