F1 team race to victory!

The F1 Scintilla team from Ribblesdale High School, winners of the NW finals of the 2011 F1 in Schools competition
The F1 Scintilla team from Ribblesdale High School, winners of the NW finals of the 2011 F1 in Schools competition

A TEAM from Clitheroe’s Ribblesdale High School Technology College raced to overall victory in the North West regional final of the 2011 F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge.

held at Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood, the competition challenges students to design, construct and race a race car of the future, made from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air canister. The car is raced over a 20-metre track and the fastest time is recorded.

Aside from the on-track action, teams also produce supporting evidence of their design, develop a sponsorship and marketing campaign and produce team merchandise, with all these elements presented with their race car at the Regional Finals.

The F1 Scintilla team from Ribblesdale High School took overall victory in the Formula 1 class to book their place at the UK National Finals and they also won the Best Sponsorship and Marketing Award.

The UK National Finals will be held at the Big Bang Science Fair, Excel, in London on March 11th and 12th. Victory at this event will earn the winning team a place in the 2011 F1 in School World Finals, a prestigious event in its own right, which brings with it the chance to compete for City University London engineering scholarships and the unique Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy.

F1 in Schools is regarded by the Formula One fraternity as a platform for introducing Formula One to a global teen demographic. The student challenge is also helping Formula One shed its image as an elitist sport accessible only to multi-million pound budgets; on the contrary, F1 in Schools is open to any school with access to a simple computer.