Local business revs up to back hydrogen go-karts

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FASTSIGNS® is a sign, graphic and visual communications company that is one of the most rewarding franchise opportunities in the UK today. FASTSIGNS has over 30 years of experience with over 675 locations in 10 countries.
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FASTSIGNS International Inc.

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WHEN two students asked Paul Bentley, owner of FASTSIGNS® in Hammersmith, to sponsor their go-kart, it didn’t take him long to say ‘yes’.

For this wasn’t any go-kart, this one runs on hydrogen and is breaking the boundaries of scientific engineering.

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Paul was impressed. “They’d built this incredible machine and wanted to give their sponsors some publicity. So they asked me to do the signage,” he said.

FASTSIGNS Hammersmith specialises in producing signs and graphics, including vehicle graphics.

Paul continues: “I wouldn’t have given them beer money, but they knew what they were talking about, and the whole project had a good profile. We put the sponsors’ logos and our own all over the bodywork.”

The students were from Imperial College, just up the road from FASTSIGNS which is on Hammersmith Road, London.

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There are 120 mechanical engineering graduates involved in the college’s Racing Green project to produce zero-emission vehicles.

So far they have built two go-karts. They came a respectable third when they raced in Rotterdam last year in the international Formula Zero Championships, the first international motorsport series in the world for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The karts are powered by a bottle of hydrogen strapped to the steering column and hurtle along at 50mph. Each prototype costs £15,000 to build. And the students have to find £100,000 of sponsorship pa.

Paul has done go-karting in the past and might take up the students’ offer to have a go on a Racing Green machine in future.  

“They’re racing at Brand’s Hatch or Silverstone next. I might go and watch,” he said.

“I’m trying to cultivate them and get some branded flags and banners so they can wave them about in the pit. It would be good for them, and good for FASTSIGNS.”
 

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