The announcement of Colossus F1 as F1 in Schools World Finals 2014 World Champions was greeted with loud cheers and rapturous applause from the star-studded audience at the Awards Celebration dinner sponsored by Abu Dhabi Cultural and Tourism Authority and the Institution of Engineering and Technology held tonight at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The team of six students from Robert May’s School in Odiham, Hampshire represented England at the event and raised the St. George’s flag high as they punched the air with delight in taking the title.
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2014 saw 38 teams of between three and six students from 24 countries 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 2014 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX courtesy of Yas Marina Circuit for the World Champions, the students waited with bated breath to find out the team that had taken the crown.
Colossus F1 were the outstanding team at this year’s World Finals, setting a new F1 in Schools World Record with a time of 1.003 seconds and winning two other awards as well as the title. The Innovative Thinking Award presented by Lotus F1 was given to the team for their Air Cushion Device, an innovation that caused acceleration and controversy in equal measure. With the aid of this device and their unique water tunnel testing programme, the team smashed the World Record of seven years’ standing, however it was declared by the judges not to be admissible for the World Finals event judging, so the team kept the record but didn’t have the fastest car in the competition. The team’s mastery of Autodesk 3D software proved a winner too, with the team also collecting the Autodesk Pressure Challenge Award, designing and 3D rendering a helmet for Formula 1, all within two hours.
Vicky Waterfield, Team Manager, Colossus F1, beamed with pride as she said of Colossus F1 taking the World Champions title, “I’m speechless, I think I need to pinch myself as I just can’t believe this has happened. We really didn’t think we’d win as there have been so many great teams competing. We have had an amazing experience and to win this has topped it. We’ve worked so hard, putting in eight hours at school and then another 8 hours afterwards, but it really paid off.”
The Awards Celebration Dinner hosted by Sky F1 Presenter, David Croft, featured 22 awards, with each award being presented by local, F1 and engineering institution personalities. Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, is the man behind the considerable success of the initiative and at this tenth World Finals said, “It has been another amazing World Finals event. We’ve had the most competitive event ever, with just a few points separating the top teams. There has also been plenty of high drama with tears of joy, frustration and disappointment along the way as the students prove just how passionate they are about F1 in Schools.
“Celebrating our tenth World Finals was a fitting occasion to see the F1 in Schools World Record broken, adds Andrew. “and Colossus F1 showed innovation in this as well as their unique R & D programme. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see these faces in the pitlane in the not too distant future.”
The F1 in Schools World Finals 2014 take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, City University London, Etihad Airways, Tourism and Cultural Authority Abu Dhabi, Yas Island AE and Radisson Blu Hotel.
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