Turbo Charging Aspirations & Skills

The Blair Project is a disruptive social enterprise that exists to inspire the next generation of high tech engineers through electric karting and digital manufacturing & design project based activities to enthuse young people (aged 15-18) to pursue careers in the fast growth science, engineering, technology and digital sectors.

We developed an exciting STEM education programme called the ProtoEV Challenge where student/apprenticeship teams aged 15-18 convert used petrol go-karts into fully electric e-karts which they test and race to see which is the fastest and most energy efficient.

Students learn computer-aided-design, 3D printing, battery technologies and electronic controls. Successfully piloted in summer 2018, with launch of a development series in 2019. ProtoEV will act as an essential innovation platform and test bed for the development of cost effective propulsion technologies. 

We nurture and grow their confidence, aspirations and ambition to generate hi-tech results and help them transition onto a traineeship or apprenticeship as well as further/higher education.

In addition, the company will promote greater social equality and inclusion in motorsports, by supporting talented young drivers, engineers and mechanics to experience career success through racing and education.

This winning formula makes it more affordable and accessible for many more young people to participate in motorsport, and aims to help young karters transition to single seater cars, as well as improving their driving and racing skills.


  • Innovate ground-breaking motorsport projects to enthuse and inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and digital industries –and have FUN !

  • Emphasis on vocational skills development  and training linked to the needs of the local labour market to tackle skills shortages.

  • Build confidence, team working , communication and creative problem solving skills through developing ‘Engineering Habits of Mind’

  • Work with partners in public and private sectors, volunteers and funders to design fit-for-purpose solutions to overcome business, economic or societal challenges.