Dated: 16 March 2011
British School Pupils Design Award Winning Car
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Four high school pupils in Hampshire have qualified for the world finals in Malaysia of the F1 in Schools competition.
The team of 13 & 14 year olds qualified for the world finals after winning the national heats in London. Their car is only 25 cm long, but can travel 20m in just 0.5 of a second.
With an extremely aerodynamic design - the model looks like a bullet in many aspects - the car is constructed from balsa wood and is powered via a compressed air canister.
To win the heats, they had to race their car several times against other teams over a distance of 20m.
On the BBC website, the head of engineering at the school which that the team attends, Phil Cain, said: “It doesn't look like it's been done by schoolchildren. It's a work of engineering, it looks like a bullet.”
Funding for the project was raised entirely through sponsorship from local businesses, as well as fund raiser events.
Remarkably, of the £2,000 that the team managed to raise, not a single penny came from the members.
In order to compete in the world finals, the teams now must begin work on raising the required funds for the 6,500 mile flight to Malaysia.
If the team is able to win, not only will they be awarded with the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Championship trophy, but the students will also be offered full university scholarship at the City University in London.