Success for pupils @ F1 in Schools
The 2013 F1 in Schools™ Formula One Technology Event challenged students to design, construct and race a Formula 1™ car of the future, made from a block of balsa wood, and powered by a compressed air canister. The car was raced over a 20 metre track and the fastest time recorded. Teams were also given the task of producing a portfolio of evidence of their design and a verbal presentation of their work. They also had to develop a sponsorship and marketing campaign and create team merchandise, with all these elements presented with their race car at the regional finals.
In December five Year 12 boys- Lee Hull, Jonathan Arrell, Aaron Reid, Gareth Jones, Jordan Fraser and their teacher Mr Carleton set about the task of developing their own model F1 car to compete in the competition. After an intense few months of hard work they had raised over £800 in sponsorship money from local businesses and used the money to buy parts and develop their car. They also developed their own team identity and named themselves the ‘No’D’Turbos’.
The main team sponsor- RT Autoparts supplied the team with a very generous amount and this helped to buy expensive wheel bearings to allow pupils to have a competitive car for race day.
On the 1st March the team set off to Queens University in Belfast to compete against other schools from across Northern Ireland. They did an excellent presentation to the F1 in Schools judges and impressed all with their pit display. The car was very competitive and the team walked away with two different awards. The first was a ‘best newcomer’ award which they won from a category that included a group of Upper 6th pupils from Methodist College in Belfast. The 2nd award was for pupils achievements gathering sponsor money- the ‘Sponsorship & Marketing’ award. Pupils also won and invite to compete in the National Finals of the competition at the ‘Big Bang Fair’ in London!
The national final of the event was just a week later but pupils did not let this put them off and they worked extremely hard to develop a new car, raise a substantial amount of sponsorship money and complete a new portfolio to be ready for the event in London.
When pupils arrived in London there were 30 of the best teams from all over the UK competing for a place in the world finals of the event to be held in Austin Texas. Although the standard was extremely high, the five boys done themselves proud by finishing in 15th place overall- a fantastic achievement for their first time competing at National level.
The team would like to thank their many sponsors who kindly donated to make competing at the event possible. The main sponsors were RT Autoparts, KDM Hire, Go Petrol Station, Gary Millar Contracts and Fraser & Son Transport. There were also many others who donated and the team would like to say thank you for support.