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Entries are now open for the inaugural Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme, and can be downloaded from soapboxracing.co.uk, along with the construction and competition rules.
This event promises to be very special. The course is the spectacular Cairngorm Ski Road - 2 miles long and average gradient of 1 in 14 (1 in 10 in places), and speeds are likely to be in excess of 50 mph. This is going to be a proper race for serious gravity racers - definately nae jessies!
The field is limited to 24 teams, so if you want to take part you'll need to get your entry form in soon to avoid disappointment.
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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...