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Canford through to National 4 x 4 Finals


Fourteen Canfordians from Shells to Sixth Form travelled to the South Devon University Technical College in Newton Abbot on 18th January to take part in the SW Regional Finals of the Jaguar Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge 2018.


Pupils from schools across the UK are challenged to build a radio controlled four-wheel drive (4x4) vehicle to the specifications provided by the International Rules Committee. It must successfully navigate and complete obstacles on an off-road test track which is just as demanding as a real off-road situation. The vehicle must emulate the capabilities of a full size 4x4 vehicle. Teams enter the vehicle into a Regional Final to compete for a place at the National Final in their country. The National Champions from each country are then invited to compete at the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools World Finals!


There were four parts to the challenge:


Engineering scrutineering was the simplest of the challenges to make sure the teams had followed all the regulations and their vehicles complied.

Engineering Judging where they are technically quizzed by Land Rover engineers about the design choices they made, with some very searching questions designed to test the depth of their understanding.

Verbal Presentation a prepared 8 minute presentation where they have to communicate their design theme and ethos as well as justifying design choices.

Track Assessment to test the teams driving skills around the very tight and technically challenging course.


Canford entered two teams, in the professional class and entry level categories.  In the professional class competition, the recently formed Canford team was up against teams which had been running for several years.  Despite this, they came a very creditable 3rd and the judges praised them for the strongest presentation and a very impressive entry, saying how pleased they were with the Canford team’s performance which gave them a place in the National Finals at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on 22-23 March.  They have now set themselves a goal of improving the vehicle having seen its performance on the track.


The entry level class involves a great deal of fact finding and discussion with judges and competitors alongside creating an innovative body shell for the 4x4 vehicle.  Of the eight teams who took part,  Canford’s was judged the winner for their excellent approach and enthusiasm towards the challenge.  


Jon Martin, Head of Design Technology, commented:


“I was delighted for our young teams of engineers who have worked hard since September and thoroughly deserved their fine performances in the Regionals and their places in the National Finals.  They will be building on their experience and developing improvements to all aspects of their entries in the coming weeks.   It promises to be an exciting few days at the end of March against schools from across the UK and a fantastic opportunity to pit our 4x4 cars against the best in the country!  Once again many thanks to Land Rover Jaguar for organising such a well run competition and we are also very grateful to our sponsors Swietelsky for their ongoing support.”


For more information about the challenge, please visit


Canford Teams:



Professional class Team

Hannah Cox

Patrick Perry

Luke Reid

Guy Cowan

Isabel Southgate

Morgan Taylor


Entry level Team

Alice Hazell

India Herrington

Charlotte Mendelson

Henry Barham

Tommy Qian

Peter Croxford