The grid for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2015 is the biggest in its 12 year history, with 47 teams set to compete in Singapore next month. Resort World Sentosa is preparing to host over 300 students and 200 supporters for the event just prior to the 2015 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX.
This year’s F1 in Schools World Finals event will be contested by teams from 23 countries, with Vietnam and the Netherlands competing for the first time, having recently introduced the F1 in Schools programme into their countries.
Since it’s launch in the UK in 1999, the F1 in Schools programme has seen phenomenal growth and is now operating in 44 countries. As the initiative expands the competition for places at the World Finals has increased and each year the students achieve higher standards of work.
Last year’s winners, Colossus F1, a team from Hampshire in England, set a new F1 in Schools World Record on the 20 metres F1 in Schools race track with their car recording a time of 1.003 seconds, breaking the previous record of eight years standing. The team also used in-depth research with a unique water tunnel testing programme to hone the speed of their car, as well as an innovative starting device which created acceleration and controversy in equal measure.
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2015 features teams of between three and six students competing for the World Champions title. Playing for high stakes with the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy, City University London scholarships and a VIP paddock tour at the 2015 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX for the World Champions, all 47 teams will have put in months of work in pursuit of ultimate F1 in Schools success.
Each F1 in Schools World Finals team has designed and constructed a miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from a material block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. At the World Finals each team will bring along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track at the event, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is close to being broken, with the current World Record held by Colossus F1 from England with a time of 1.003 seconds.
Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools says of this year’s World Finals, “The World Finals teams will bring their own innovations, new strategic approaches to the engineering challenge and extremely fast cars, so it’s going to be a highly competitive event. Every year the judges are blown away by the amount of work, the unique ideas, and the passion of these students, as well as the fantastic camaraderie which develops over the course of the event. I can’t wait to get to Singapore and watch the competition unfold.”
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2015 take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Singapore GP, Formula One Management, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, Singapore Tourism Board, City University London, UCL Engineering, Luke 1977and the Official Venue Resorts World Sentosa.
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