AERO Racing from Muine Bheag Vocational School have zoomed into the finals of a competition where students design and build a mini-racing car.
The F1 in Schools team, consisting of manager Keith Hickey, design and graphic manager Zak Yongram, resource manager Conor O’Brien and PR and business manager Ellen Gill competed at the regional finals recently in Citywest Hotel, Dublin.
They scooped the award for best-engineered car, had the second-fastest car on the day and were one of just six teams to qualify for the national finals.
“Throughout the competition we all worked very hard on different aspects of the project and all of that hard work really paid off at the regional final,” said Keith. “We reached all of our goals so far and we are very proud of our team. Now we just have to push ourselves that bit harder for the next stage of the competition − the national finals.”
F1 in Schools is an international competition, where secondary school students build a 1/20th-scale F1 racing car capable of travelling at more than 110kmh – using advanced 3D design software and automated manufacturing technology to race against other participating schools.
But the competition isn’t all about speed. Teams are also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, portfolio, pit display, marketing, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work.
The national finals take place next month, after which, the winning team will represent Ireland in Austin, Texas in September.