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Scarborough Students Bid to Become F1 World Champions

Scarborough Students Bid to Become F1 World Champions

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 24th November 2019.

A team of Scarborough students are today starting their preparations for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

The six students from Scarborough UTC flew out to the event over the weekend, today they  start working on building a car which they will then race over the following three days in an attempt to become the world champions.

Avidity Racing, is a team of six 15 to 17 year old boys and girls from Scarborough UTC, won the national championships earlier in the year, earning them a place in this weeks world finals. They will be competing against fifty five teams from around the world.

UTC Principal, Lee Kilgour, says the competition is intense.


Lee says the cars aren't big but do require a degree of skill from the "driver"

The F1 in Schools World Finals are takins place on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi alongside the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and will feature 55 teams representing 22 countries competing over four days for the prestigious F1 in Schools World Champions 2019 title. 

F1 Abu Dhabi

Over 500 students, teachers, parents, sponsors and supporters, will travel from around the world to compete at the highest level of this highly acclaimed global STEM competition, an education programme that inspires and nurtures young talent to realise their ambitions. 

The multi-faceted STEM competition embraces enterprise, design, engineering, marketing and teamwork.

Formula 1 is at the heart of the initiative, with students forming F1 teams in miniature to design, make, test and race an F1 in Schools car, competing regionally and nationally, with the best teams winning a place at the F1in Schools World Finals 2019. The stakes are high too, with City, University of London, UCL Mechanical Engineering and University of Huddersfield scholarships on offer to the World Champions, as well as the prized F1 in Schools World Champions trophy and a VIP experience at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

The competition features verbal presentations, portfolio, pit display, marketing and engineering judging sessions, as well as the intense pressure of the 20 metre F1 in Schools track racing, For 25 students, there will be the added challenge of the Unilever Williams Engineering Academy Assessment Centre and the chance to win a coveted place in the Academy, that takes its students exclusively from the F1 in Schools World Finals event each year.

The Awards Celebration Ceremony later in the week will reward all the team’s efforts at a unique event that will be on the Yas Marina Circuit track at Turn 1, with the students joined by personalities and representatives from the Formula 1 teams, Yas Marina Circuit and title partner, ADNOC. 

A total of 22 awards will be presented at the finale, rewarding the outstanding achievements of the F1 in Schools 2019 World Finals teams, the future Engineers and professionals of the Formula 1 industry. 




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