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The Pentagliders, Launceston

Reigning world champions

Top scored in best engineered design and fastest car at the 2011 world finals. The car was made up of 17 different components. It was a very advanced design. With the wheels they came up with a design that required plastic injection moulding. This is an expensive process so they put a business plan together and approached the Economic Development Department for sponsorship. The government was very impressed and provided the funds to make the mold die. The wheels proved to be so popular that they sold three dozen sets at the World Finals.

The students did more research and found there was a coating half as slippery as Teflon and they looked to see if it was possible to coat their wheels. Their search led them to a company in the US. It decided to help them out and the team had to sign a non disclosure agreement because the company had never coated plastic before and it got their research and development people involved to find a solution. They found a way but it was going to cost $1000 to coat 50 wheels, so the team drew up another business plan and went out and got a sponsor. The wheels saved them 1/1000 second and they had the quickest car there.

After the World Finals when the team met Formula One engineers at the Singapore Grand Prix the engineers were amazed at this innovation and said they will try to use that material in their real F1 cars!

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