Overview

Founded in 1975, The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) is the longest-running engineering design competition in Canada. Students design, build, and race 300lbs toboggans with an enclosed frame, braking, steering, and running surfaces made entirely of concrete. Each year approximately 500 students representing 30 teams travel from across Canada to compete against their fellow engineers from different universities and technical institutions.

2022 will mark Carleton University’s 26th year competing in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. Each year, students who are passionate about the team volunteer their personal time to designing and fabricating the toboggan, technical display, and numerous other competition elements starting as early as February, working until the competition at the end of January in the following year.

Our Design Team is already hard at work on our redesigned 2022 toboggan to race in Calgary, Alberta. The four-day competition will push our team to demonstrate our technical knowledge, innovation, applied skills, and our team’s spirit.

The Background

A competition of this scale requires substantial backing for registration, team travel, accommodations, and most importantly the toboggan materials and fabrication.

This is where we feel you can greatly contribute as a sponsor, through monetary, product, and/or in-kind  service donations. As the competition annually hosts 500+ engineering students, alumni, and engineering professionals from across the country, we believe this competition is a great promotional opportunity for your company. We hope that you consider making a contribution by sponsoring our team for the 2021-2022 season. Details regarding sponsorship opportunities can be found on the final page of the package.

The Rollout

The funds will be used to get parts needed for superstructure, steering, suspension, braking, and concrete mix design

The Impact

Carleton’s Concrete Toboggan Team has a unique, multidisciplinary composition. Students for the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Design work together to design the mechanical systems and concrete elements and push the boundaries of what a ‘Concrete Toboggan’ can achieve.

 

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