Professional racing driver, Nicolas Hamilton, has crowned 10 year Jack Hillery as champion designer of the CAR of the future. To celebrate the arrival of Project CARS, Bandai Namco Entertainment UK and Explore Learning joined forces to launch a nationwide competition of Explore members to design a racing CAR of the future. But only one of the 8,000 entries could be crowned winner by professional racing driver Nicolas Hamilton and that was 10 year old Jack from Bristol.

Nicolas selected the winning design and attended the Explore Learning centre in Bristol to meet his winner and present him with a framed picture of his design, a certificate and a PlayStation®4. Jack’s winning CAR of the future would certainly revolutionise driving as we know it. His slick design was flexible in the middle to ensure uber-manoeuvrability around bends and was good for the environment as it is powered by the wind and the sun.

Lee Kirton, PR and Marketing Director at Bandai Namco Entertainment said: “We were thrilled to team up with Explore Learning on CAR of the future. Dreams, fun and inspiration are what games are all about. This couldn’t have been more evident in the childrens designs, the standard was exceptionally high but Nicolas certainly chose well, as Jack’s talent really shone through with his well thought out and striking design.”

Nicolas is an inspiring role model for the young competitors, as a shining example of how to overcome challenges in order to achieve one’s dreams. Despite his Cerebral Palsy, Nicolas’ ambition to be one of the top racing drivers in the world has not waned. This tenacity has led him to much success and he will soon become the first disabled competitor to participate in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, the top national motorsport series here in the UK.

The CAR of the Future competition is inspired by Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS which is a technically-advanced and an infallible depiction of the car racing experience. Gamers will be able to test their skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leader board-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events – sometimes for real-world prizes.

Nicolas Hamilton said of Jack’s success: “I was really impressed by the standard of entries and the imagination behind the CARS of the Future designs. But Jack’s stood out to me, not only did it look great but he had been very creative in how the car would run and even how it would bend around corners! There was such great attention to detail, which is why he was my winner.”

Top runners up in the CAR of the Future competition will also be rewarded with a bagful of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment goodies. Peter Ioannou, Sahab Singh, Aneeq Shaikh, Sante Rusu and Jethan Smith all created exciting entries that made it difficult to pick just one winner.

Carey Ann Dodah, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning says: “Our members really loved exploring what racing cars of the future would look like. We had an incredible response and the designs really illustrated their efforts and how much thinking they put into it. It was really pleasing to see the children not only being creative artistically but also very engaged with how their CARS would operate. Our members were so excited to take part and to meet Nicolas, who is such a great role model for our young members.”

Explore Learning provides English and maths tuition to children aged five to 14. Through their tuition they create a fun and vibrant atmosphere for children to work in, helping them grow in confidence and fulfil their potential.

For more information about Explore Learning visit www.explorelearning.co.uk

For more information about Project CARS, please visit www.projectcarsgame.com