2014 F1inSchools World Finals
With the countdown now on leading up to the 2014 F1inSchools World Finals, it’s all systems go for Team Australia – our student team representatives who will be heading to Abu Dhabi in November.
With Australia ranked the No. 1 ‘F1 in Schools’ nation in the world having won the coveted crown of World Champions in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013, our next crop of budding engineers, project managers and marketers are hoping to make it four in a row this coming November.
Whatever the outcome, we know our Australian students will work tirelessly and give it their best shot!
Introducing Team Australia 2014
This year with have three teams from four schools representing Australia at the upcoming World Final. Three of these schools have never participated previously at a World Finals, so it’s a brand new experience for them!
2014 Professional Class
Hannah Clancy: Team Manager
This team of six students from, Smeaton Grange NSW worked tirelessly to prove themselves worthy of competing at the 2014 Australian National Final after receiving a ‘wildcard’ invitation to this prestigious event at the 2013 NSW State Final. What an achievement to be crowned our Professional Class National Champions!
Gamma are full steam ahead having reworked their team name and team identity and are now concentrating on establishing industry links for mentoring on various aspects of the project as well as creating and testing innovative car designs and raising the all-important sponsorship to assist their World Final campaign.
On 2 August 2014, Gamma Raycing will be holding a fundraising night at Menangle Tabcorp Park. If you would like to support this event, please call the Gamma Raycing teacher Mr Ian Gorrie on +61 2 4631 3300.
To keep up-to-date with Gamma Raycing’s progress and activities, please follow them on Twitter, Facebook or their brand new webpage.
2014 Development Class
Anton Maraldo: Manufacturing Engineer
This team of four almost 15 year olds from Newington College in Stanmore, NSW were crowned our Development Class Champions at the Australian National Final last March. Newington College has been submitting high standard teams in the competition for around five years now but this will be the first time they’ve attended a World Final!
Under current Australian rules, the Development Class National Champions are required to participate at the World Final as one half of an International Collaboration Team. This year, our boys will be collaborating with the all-girl team ‘Rapid Input’ from Dunfermline High School in Scotland. Our guess is that the boys will find it a unique experience working with older girls not to mention trying to interpret their rather broad Scottish accent!! However we have faith that no obstacle will be insurmountable for this switched on group of lads.
Since the collaboration was approved a short time ago, Quantum have been busy organising on-line meetings with Rapid Input and getting to know each other. The blended team is required to develop a brand new team name and team identity that reflects their mutual direction.
Southern Cross F1
2nd & 3rd Placed
Joshua Beverley: Project & Collaborations Coordinator
For the past few years, Australia has been given approval to send a third team to the World Finals. This year, our ‘Wildcard’ invitation was extended to two teams who were placed 2nd and 3rd at the 2014 Australian National Final. This ‘Internal’ collaboration team is now known as Southern Cross F1. Considering the success of last years ‘Internal’ collaboration team A1 Racing, we hope they can duplicate their winning formula!
The creation of Southern Cross F1’s team identity is well underway with Thurnham Teece – a professional marketing firm based in Newcastle – agreeing to collaborate with the team in creating a new team identity and marketing opportunities.
Muhammed and Andrew have been busy researching car design ideas, as well as materials and lubricants to apply to the wheels. The car design plan has been finalised, and multiple designs have already been modelled, ready for CFD testing. The engineering team hope to start wind tunnel and track testing in two weeks’ time when the school holidays start.