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Bernie Ecclestone Presents His Trophy To F1 In Schools World Champions
Posted by: newsla on Nov 03, 2012 - 07:54 PM
Bernie Ecclestone Presents His Trophy To F1 In Schools World Champions

Formula One™ boss, Bernie Ecclestone, took time out of his busy schedule to present the F1 in Schools™ Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy to Cold Fusion, the Australian team who won the 2012 F1 in Schools World Finals earlier this week at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.


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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix paddock was a fitting backdrop for the presentation, with Ecclestone showing great interest in the work that the students had put into their F1 in Schools racing car design. After chatting with the students Ecclestone made the students’ day even more special when he arranged for Mark Webber and Adrian Newey to meet them.

Ecclestone said of the students’ work, “It’s great. It is such a high standard”. Of the F1 in Schools initiative he commented, “they’ve come a long way since they started. F1 in Schools has done a great job, it gets Formula One to a different audience of people that we can’t get to.”

The design of Cold Fusion’s car featured an innovative ducting system which is similar to the aerodynamic design of the Red Bull Racing car, and Newey took a close look at it saying, “It is a very impressive car. Obviously the car is just an object, but it is the research they’ve put into it and the way they’ve approached it. They’ve broken it down into all the constituent areas and done a great deal of in depth research, broken up as a team to research all those areas, with each team member having their own speciality and then brought it back together to a whole . They have obviously gone to quite some trouble in CFD to try and come up with the lowest drag solution and that’s involved a duct system.”

Cold Fusion is led by Team Manager, Jane Burton, 16 with five team mates: Tom Agars,17, Innovations Manager; Jake Grant, 16, Marketing Manager; Michelle Lennon, 16, Manufacturing Engineer,16; Henry Lynch, 16, Resource Manager and Spencer Olds, 16, Design Engineer.

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2012 was held over the course of three days at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi with 33 teams from 22 countries brought together for the biggest challenge of their life, competing for the prestigious Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy and coveted automotive and motorsport engineering scholarships to City University London.

The F1 in Schools programme operates in over 40 countries. Each of the National Champions is invited to compete at the World Finals and runners-up are invited to participate by forming a collaboration team, linking with a runners-up team from another country.

F1 in Schools tasks students to design a model compressed air powered F1™ Car of the future using CAD/CAM Engineering techniques. Cars are then manufactured on a CNC machine. Each team of between three and six students brings together their portfolio of work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals with a time of 1.020 seconds.

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