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Published 13th Jan 2012

Picture caption: Abingdon Primary Schools Green Ray Racing team are preparing to do battle in the ‘F1 in Schools’ challenge. The

Primary school pupils from Middlesbrough are set to live life in the fast lane by taking part in a national competition to design their very own Formula 1 car.

The team from Abingdon Primary School are taking in the ‘F1 in Schools’ challenge.

The challenge sees pupils design and build a Formula 1 car which is 1/20th the size of a real F1 car and powered by a CO2 gas canister.

The model car then competes against cars from other schools by speeding down a 20m track.

Some pupils are managing to design cars which complete the track in less than one second reaching speeds of 50mph!

The Abingdon team of six pupils have called themselves Green Ray Racing Team and each has their own role including design engineer, resource manager and manufacturing engineer.

Team captain is Kacper Szwacki (ok), aged 11. Kacper said: “I’m looking forward to building the car and learning about the science and aerodynamics that make the car fast.

“So far we have been forming ideas for the car, how we are going to build it and also our logo.”

Ahmed Minhas, aged 10, said the team chose the name because they wanted to have green credentials and use recycled materials where they can.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Ahmed.

The team have been working every week after school on the project and they held a special launch where they gave a presentation to potential team sponsors, teachers, parents and pupils.

Abingdon is thought to be the only primary in the area taking part in the competition which is popular among secondary schools and has seen 12 million pupils from 34 countries take part worldwide.

Teacher Keith Smith said: “The team are working incredibly well and are really looking forward to the whole experience.

“There are very few primary schools in the competition so it will be tough but we are definitely up for the challenge.”

Mr Smith said the competition will help the pupils in their learning in many areas including science, engineering, ICT, maths, literacy and art.

Can you help

The team are looking for sponsors particularly from local businesses as they estimate they will need to raise £1,000 to design, analyse, make and test the car.

They will compete against other schools in a regional heat in March with the aim of going through to national finals in London.

Anyone who can help can help the team can contact them on: Greenrayracing@gmail.com

Caption: Abingdon Primary Schools Green Ray Racing team are preparing to do battle in the ‘F1 in Schools’ challenge. The challenge sees pupils design and build a Formula 1 car which is 1/20th the size of a real F1 car and powered by a CO2 gas canister. Abingdon is thought to be the only primary in the area taking part in the competition which is popular among secondary schools.


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