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"Whittle Wonders" F1 team win Silverstone Innovative Thinking Award & JLR "Best Engineered Car"

The National Final of The F1 in Schools competition took place on the 17th March  at the Excel Centre in London and our team from North Leamington School, "Whittle Wonders", did amazingly well.

The 2013 Whittle Wonder F1 Car                                             Two 2013 Trophies

The team were awarded the Silverstone Trophy for Innovation and came second in the racing, narrowly missing out on the fastest car by a mere 0.13 second. This is the second award of the season as they also won the Jaguar Land Rover  trophy for ‘Best Engineered Car’ at the regional event. The team takes its name after Frank Whittle - designer of the jet engine that went to the Leamington school.

F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula One team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula One Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model machined using CAD/CAM from a block of balsa wood and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of six students creates a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car with a verbal and written presentation for the judges. The teams then race their model car on a 20 metre test track, where it reaches over 50mph.

The 2013 F1 School Award Ceremony

The F1 Schools competition actively encourages students to work with engineering companies and the team have received some valuable professional assistance. They are grateful to WMG at Warwick University who made the aerofoils on their state of the art 3D Printer, Coventry University, who allowed them to use their wind tunnel, and Finescale Engineering, who manufactured the wheels to the team’s specification.

Thanks also to our sponsors, Harrison Catering, Leamington Round Table, Top Car News and, of course our own NLS Cinema, without whom none of this would have been possible. 

Although the team did well picking up two trophies, they have their sights on something better. This year’s overall winners, who have a place in the world finals in Texas, were from Norwich. Next year they will be from .........!


By Robert Hodge - Support Teacher at  North Leamington School

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