Five student teams, with a total of 18 students, from British secondary schools across the country have been missing out on holidays, half term break and leisure time for the past few months, as they prepare for the biggest challenge of their lives as they represent the UK, England, Scotland and Wales, competing at the F1 in Schools™ World Finals 2013 in Austin, Texas from 8th to 14th November, just ahead of the 2013 FORMULA ONE UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX.
Thirty nine teams will by vying for a very special prize of Automotive and Motorsport Engineering university scholarships to City University London and the prestige of lifting the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy in this Formula 1™ linked global educational challenge. It has been five years since a British team won the F1 in Schools World Champions title and the four teams heading to the USA are all eager to bring the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy back to British shores.
Red Set Racing from Sprowston Community High School, Norwich, won the 2013 UK F1in Schools National Finals earlier this year to book their place at this prestigious event to represent the UK. Tempest from St. John Payne School, Chelmsford, were runners-up to Red Set Racing and will represent England. The best placed Welsh team at the National Finals, Falcon F1 from Connah’s Quay High School, Connah’s Quay, will be flying the Welsh flag and STG Racing from Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh will be the Scottish representatives. A fifth team of students from Wilmington Grammar School, Dartford, third placed team in the National Finals, have linked with Raffles Girls School, Singapore to form X-Shift, a collaboration team competing at the World Finals.
Of Tempest’s hopes for taking the World Champions crown, Team Manager, 15-year-old Emily Powell, says, We work really well as a team, understand how each other thinks and hopefully this will help us be successful. We have also used advanced aerospace technology for our car, so we’re hoping this will give us an edge aerodynamically. We’re aiming to be the best that we can be.”
Ryan Clabon, 17-year-old Team Manager of Red Set Racing, is hoping his team is in with a chance at taking the Champions crown, saying, “We think we have some innovative features on our car and we hope these will wow the judges. We’ve worked hard on our car design and in testing it has been fairly quick, but we don’t know how tough the competition will be, we’ll just have to wait until we get to Texas.”
The F1 in Schools World Finals take place from 8th to 14th November in Austin, Texas. Each team of between three and six students brings together their work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car, which is raced on a specially designed test track. At the World Finals each team will bring along a pit display, three identical cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals at 1.020 seconds.
Teams will arrive in Austin later this week ahead of the Formula 1™ event, with a welcome lunch following a tour of the Texas State Capitol, not only the home of the state government of Texas, but also a USA historic landmark billed as the seventh largest building in the world. The competition then starts in earnest with the teams building their pit displays before three days of judging which will lead to an Awards Celebration and the crowning of the new F1 in Schools World Champions.
After all their hard work the teams will be treated to a visit to the Circuit of The Americas and a pit lane walk on Thursday of Grand Prix week and can then stay on to watch the spectacle of the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX as guests of the Circuit of The Americas.
The F1 in Schools World Finals take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Circuit of The Americas, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, City University London, Autodesk and Austin Independent Schools District.
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