Thousands of young people have taken part in the competition since 2006. Moreover, the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge was extended internationally in 2015 and now runs in 20 countries. The world finals will bring together all the national champions, with students travelling to the UK to compete for the world champion’s trophy.

Chris Thorp, director of responsible business at Jaguar Land Rover, says: “As the automotive industry accelerates towards an automated, connected, electric and shared future, we are passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineering talent. The Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge is a vital part of our education programme and we’re delighted to be hosting the world finals.”

Student teams around the globe are now preparing for the finals and working hard to produce a world-beating, remote-controlled, scale model off roader which incorporates lessons learned in their national final competitions. The teams use software coding to design and build a scale model four-wheel-drive, all-terrain vehicle capable of negotiating obstacles and road surfaces that include water dips, a rope bridge and rocks – all on a bespoke Land Rover track replicating the capabilities of a full-size SUV. Student teams also have to present their work – and knowledge of vehicle design and engineering – to a panel of judges.