Two teams reach national final of F1 technology contest
Two teams from the same school have reached the UK finals of a
global technology competition involving more than 30
Team RedShift F1 and team Turbo
Charged, from Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in Common Lane,
are taking part in the Formula 1 in Schools Technology
Both triumphed in the regional
finals, beating off 10 other teams.
They will now go up against 19
other teams in their respective UK finals in LondonExCeL London
Exhibition and Convention Centre on March 15.
F1 in Schools challenges
students to design and construct a smaller scale Formula 1 car of
There are two classes in the
Turbo Charged, pictured
below, are in the Bloodhound Class for children aged between
11 and 14 and RedShift F1 are in the F1 in Schools Class for 14-19
If successful, they will go on
to represent the UK at the world finals in Austin, Texas, in
The RedShift F1 team are a young
group, aged between 14 and 16.
Josh Schofield, 14, the team’s
resources and marketing manager, said: "I’m very excited and, on
behalf of Redshift F1, am really looking forward to this
opportunity and developing our knowledge and understanding for
"I’m most looking forward to
potentially going to Texas, but if we make it we will have to raise
about £25,000 to fund getting out there and taking part in the
The teams have been working on
the project since September, including preparing a business plan,
developing a budget and raising sponsorship for materials,
marketing and transport to the competitions.
Neil Winter, an engineering
teacher at the school said: "I’m very proud. They have done
amazingly well so far and are putting in a huge amount of
"I’m around if they need me, but
to be honest they rarely do."
If anybody would like to sponsor
either Wilmington team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call
the school on 01322 223090.