International student teams battle it out at Land Rover tech world finals

The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Challenge finals were held at Warwick University’s soon-to-be-opened National Automotive Innovation Centre this month

NewGen Motors were crowned world champions at the Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Technology Challenge on 16 April in Coventry.

The Greek team was one from 14 countries that competed at the finals of the Jaguar Land Rover-backed competition at Warwick University. 

A total of 110 students aged 1319 took part in the two-day contest. Students designed and coded miniature remote-controlled four-wheel vehicles to tackle a gruelling off-road course that mimicked the one full-size all-terrain vehicles must handle. 

The Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Challenge is a fantastic way to bring together the top technically curious students from around the world. 
– Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover

The final of the coding competition was held at the soon-to-be-opened £150m National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick. The NAIC is a joint venture between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre and Warwick Manufacturing Group and is to be formally unveiled later this year. 

Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The Land Rover 4×4 in Schools Challenge is a fantastic way to bring together the top technically curious students from around the world. 

“The coding and ‘ACES’ challenges in the competition demonstrate the importance of software innovation in our pioneering technology business.” 

Vincera from Malaysia and Xtreme-K from Portugal came second and third respectively. The UK team, EDGE 4X4, claimed the research and development award for their efforts and came fifth overall. 

More photos and videos from the final can be found at the 4×4 in Schools website here: 4x4inschools.com/facebook/