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Gravity-powered X Tractor from New Holland

New Hollands entry to the Red Bull Soapbox Race

A team of apprentices from New Hollands manufacturing plant in Basildontook on the challenge of the Red Bull soapbox race with the factorys first ever gravity-poweredtractor.

The skilled trainees, aged 18-19, designed and built the vehiclethemselves before racing it on live TV at the wild international downhillcompetition held in front of 20,000 people at Alexandra Palace in London onSunday July 14th.

The four-strong team named The X Tractor was made up of secondyear apprentices: teamcaptain Amy Tilbury anddriver Billy Braybrook plus James Webb and Kyle Walker.

They raised almost 1,000 for St Lukes hospice in Basildon and also acause close to the New Holland factory teams heart: an employees child whoneeds prosthetic limbs after suffering meningitis.

Before they even got to the race track, however, they had to secure oneof just 50 starting places which they won with a promise of a unique design,added to by a home-made Pimp My Ride video.

The vehicle took 10 weeks to construct and was finished off with a NewHolland stylish Maserati blue paint job, white wheels, chrome-effect exhaustsand a Union Flag hood.

The winner on the day was judged not just on how quickly they finishedthe course but also the creativity and showmanship of both their vehicle and a20 second performance on the starting line.

The X Tractor team missed out on a top 10 place but made a spectacularcontribution to the race, navigating obstacles until a heavy landing bent anaxle, although they still managed to complete the course.

Team captain Amy Tilbury said: We had a great day. This was a realopportunity for us to really show off the engineering skills we have learned onour New Holland apprenticeship and have some fun at the same time.

We got to grips with project management, design, problem solving andworking as a team to produce a fantastic little racing cart that showed off theNew Holland style and pedigree!

Tony Hamilton, Focused Improvement Pillar Leader & Senior QualityEngineer at New Hollands tractor factory, was the teams project manager andhe said: Were very proud of our very first gravity-powered racing team!

The weekend was amazing, and the atmosphere was electric. They allthrew themselves into this project and demonstrated the dedication and talentthat marks them out as New Holland trainees.


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