The bright young engineers, aged 11-19, used computer coding to programme miniature remote-controlled four-wheel-drive vehicles they had designed and built for a two-day competition at the Yas Marina Circuit. One of the challenges saw the vehicles negotiate a demanding course that wound its way over and through Land Rover Discovery SUVs.

The contest, which supports curriculum learning, included an autonomous car coding challenge, reflecting Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and a desire to recruit the next generation of engineers to design and develop future electric, connected and autonomous vehicles. The surprise coding task required them to optimise an existing set of code to help a model SUV complete a pre-set course in the fastest possible time.

K-EVO from Portugal were crowned 2017 champions; with Panthera, Malaysia and Fair Dinkum 4x4, Australia, in second and third places respectively.

Alex Heslop, director of electrical engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “I am hugely passionate about engineering and inspiring more young people to consider STEM careers. The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools competition will help us fill exciting future roles in software systems, cyber systems, app development and graphics performance. The new coding challenge is a great way to introduce young people to the importance of software innovation in our cutting-edge business.”

The global competition has helped the company reach more than three million young people since 2000. Teams qualify for the world finals through a series of regional and national events, with the winning team, K-EVO having come first in the Portuguese National Final.




World Champions

K - EVO - Portugal

2nd Place

Panthera - Malaysia

3rd Place

Fair Dinkum 4x4 - Australia

Innovative Thinking Award

Tessera Extreme Racing - Greece

Coding Challenge Award

The Doc's - Scotland

Best Newcomer Award

Project Ram - United Arab Emirates

Best Engineered Vehicle

K - EVO - Portugal

Sustainability Award

Project Ram - United Arab Emirates

Research & Development Award

All4One - Germany

Best Trailer Performance

Epsilon Engineers - England

Best Track Performance

Team Rhino - South Africa

Pull Challenge Award


Judges Special Award

Rogue 6 - Cyprus

Sponsorship and Marketing Award


Team Identity Award

K - EVO - Portugal

Verbal Presentation Award

Panthera - Malaysia

Portfolio and Pit Display Award

Fair Dinkum 4x4 - Australia

Best Use of Social Media

AUTO291 - Brazil