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Staff from Hexagon Metrology UK gave a warm send-off to a group of young engineers as they set off from Coventry for an iconic driving adventure in Italy.

The team of apprentices and graduates from the Manufacturing Technology Centre are driving a trio of Minis in the Italian Job Car Rally to raise money for children’s charities.

They will compete in a range of challenges during the 10-day event, inspired by the 1960s British heist movie. The rally will involve special stages at the Monza circuit and the Lingotto, Fiat’s rooftop factory.

The cars, which feature the Hexagon Metrology logo on their roofs, have been renovated with help from the leading measurement solutions provider, one of the project’s main sponsors.

The team members worked on the refurbishment in their own free time, using a variety of Hexagon Metrology equipment including a Leica AT901 laser tracker for checking wheel alignment and a WLS400 system for inspecting body panels.

Staff at Hexagon Metrology UK, a Tier One member of the MTC, have also showed their support for the event by selling raffle tickets to customers and suppliers.

The rally, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, got underway on Wednesday (Oct 23) and includes stopovers at Turin and Trento. The MTC team members are due to arrive back in the UK at the beginning of November.