Envision Racing’s Recover E car to feature on BBC Blue Peter

Envision Racing’s ground-breaking Recover E car will be the star of the show on the world-renowned BBC show Blue Peter this week.

On Friday 6th October, Blue Peter presenter Abby Cook will present a special show on Formula E and e-waste, with Envision’s Recover E project the focal point of the episode.

Abby joined Recover E designer and creator Liam Hopkins (known as ‘Lazerian’) at his studio to witness the completion of the car’s design, receiving help from Liam’s son Art as the final pieces were applied to the car.

Then, at the London E-Prix at the ExCeL Centre, Abby spoke to Envision Racing duo Alice Powell and Michelle Creighton about their experiences in the sport, as a driver and mechanic respectively.

The show will be broadcast on CBBC at 5pm on Friday, with an additional showing on national channel BBC2 the following morning at 08:25am.

Envision Racing partnered with British artist and designer Hopkins to design and build the car entirely of donated electronic products by the UK tech business, Music Magpie and school children. Through this campaign, the team wantrf to increase awareness of the human impact of e-waste and the need to reuse and recycle old electrical products.

Hopkins said at the time: “Unfortunately today we choose to discard and replace electronics instead of repairing and recycling them leading to a global e-waste crisis. Through design and creativity, we want to show the issue of e-waste and its potential to accelerate the creation of a circular economy.”

The car was unveiled at London’s ExCeL Centre, on the eve of the London E-Prix – the final race of the 2022/23 Formula E season. It received international press and media attention, including features from the BBC, ITV, New Scientist and more.

In addition to being the all-time leading points scorer in Formula E, Envision Racing also has a leadership position for sustainability.

Alongside the car, Envision Racing launched the Recover E Waste to Race competition, to engage young people and fans around the world. Children and young people were invited to create their own e-waste car, made out of recycled electronic materials.

Winners in three categories included 10 year olds Edie Griffin, Chidubem Ngene, Liam Mount, Nora Popoola and Olivia Ho from Abbott Community Primary School in Manchester, Monteor Popocatl Angelica Mirian, 14 years old from Mexico, and Hera May, 17 years old from the Philippines.