Historic win for UAE team at the 'F1 in Schools' World Finals 2016

ABU DHABI, 26th October, 2016 (WAM) — A team of students from Dubai picked up a coveted award in the finals of the international design competition, ‘F1 in Schools, The Formula One STEM Challenge’.

Created to instill excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM, the annual competition challenges students from all over the world to create their own Formula 1 team, which then designs, constructs and races scale model cars.

The ‘Knighthawks’ team from the Indian High School in Dubai won the ‘Best Engineered Car Award’, sponsored by Williams Racing.

The victory took place in Austin, Texas, after three days of intense competition. A total of 23 awards were presented at the Celebration Gala Dinner attended by a star-studded audience of Formula 1 team representatives, drivers and paddock personalities.

The Best Engineered Car Award covers all aspects of engineering design, manufacture, quality and specification compliance, and is usually won by the World Championship-winning team. The Knighthawk’s entry beat its rivals, enabling them to walk off with the trophy.

The team also won the Research and Development award, sponsored by McLaren-Honda, for outstanding research that translated into design improvement and technical development of the car.

Narrowly missing on a podium place by only 20 points, the historic performance of the Knighthawks meant that they finished sixth overall out of 39 teams from 23 countries, an unprecedented result for a UAE school at the annual event.

Also flying the flag for the UAE were Repton School’s ‘Team Impulse’, the youngest ever team to appear at the World Finals. The team managed to score equal first place on points in car scrutineering, being one of only two teams achieving a specification score. However, they lost out to ‘Fast Tech Crew’ from Germany in the tie-break.

Team Impulse placed 24th out of 39 overall, a superb result considering their ages, managing to beat many older and more experienced students.

Paul Bray, F1 in Schools Manager at Yas Marina Circuit, said, “This is a fantastic win for the Knighthawks and a great performance from Team Impulse. They should both be very proud of their achievement. To walk off with the most technically demanding award at this global event means that the UAE’s schools are becoming a force to be reckoned with in this competition. I look forward to an even more impressive showing in 2017.”

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 built from the F1 in Schools model block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. Each team of between three and six students creates a ‘pit’ display and showcases their work in developing their race car. At the World Finals, each team brings along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as a prepared verbal presentation for the judges. The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the necessary measured distance in around one second.

The F1 in Schools World Finals 2016 took place with the assistance of a host of supporters, including Formula One Management, Circuit Of The Americas, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Autodesk, City University London and UCL Engineering.