Abu Dhabi do for school's F1 racing team members
A TEAM of school pupils who designed and manufactured a miniature Formula 1 car have made their way to the world championships in Abu Dhabi.
Team Vitesse, made up of students from Devonport High School for Boys, was invited to the Schools World Championships following the national final earlier this year.
The F1 in Schools Challenge is a competition which allows school children, between the ages of 11 and 19, to design a car using computer software, analyse, manufacture, test and race the miniature Formula 1 balsa wood cars.
They then race the cars down a 20 metre track powered by an eight gram carbon dioxide canister.
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As well as the engineering side, teams are also expected to create a successful team identity and devise a successful sponsorship scheme to raise money for the competition.
Vitesse have been competing in the challenge for the last two years and after reaching the national final both times, have successfully picked up six awards, ranging from engineering to marketing accolades.
The opportunity arose for the students to compete at the finals when they were asked to collaborate with a team from America.
Infinitum, the American team and Vitesse were asked to join up after both teams finished in promising positions at their national finals.
Vitesse team manager, Nathan Vosper, said: "It was an opportunity that either team felt that we couldn't throw away. All members of Vitesse are looking forward to competing with our fellow American team mates in Abu Dhabi later this year."
In order to finance the project and the trip to Abu Dhabi, the team have got to raise more than £10,000 in sponsorship to cover the costs such as air fares and accommodation and materials for the challenge.
Nathan added: "We are looking for sponsorship and looking to raise funds for our championship later on this year and we would appreciate any help that companies or anyone could offer the team, from services to monetary donations."
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