The Thomas Hardye School

Panthers roar through to National 4x4 Finals



We are the Panthers Team, a group of five dedicated students from The Thomas Hardye School who for the third consecutive year are entering into the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools competition. 2 of the members of the team are Arkwright scholars and are finding the scholarship very helpful. Some of the money is being used to purchase materials for us to make parts and we are using the competition to promote Arkwright to the younger competitors.

To enter we have to design, modify and manufacture custom parts for a 1/18 remote control crawler, improving its capabilities and making the vehicle unique. We used CAD software such as Autodesk Fusion 360 to design and test parts on a computer and then manufacture them using a 3D printer and laser cutter. We also had to get sponsorship from companies like Savox and Hobbywing to donate parts for us to use. The competition also marks us on a pit display and portfolio. This means there has to be a lot of teamwork, ensuring that all parts of the car work together and that the team branding is consistent throughout our work. With out revised car, we returned to the competition and won our Regional Final taking home 1st place, the best track performance and best engineered vehicle. We are now preparing to go to the National Final at the end of March where we hope to get through to the Global Final.

We are looking for sponsors for this event, to pay for a hotel for us to stay in whilst there and for the food we need. If you are interested in sponsoring our team please send us an email at for more information.

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Read about the Land Rover 4x4 Challenge here:


Matthew Torok, Mechanical Engineer for The Panthers

Panthers car


March 2018