A group of 16 Laurus Cheadle Hulme students took part in an exciting Formula 1 race competition this week, competing against sister schools Cheadle Hulme High School, which hosted the event, and Laurus Ryecroft to make race model Formula 1 cars. The students designed, created and raced their model F1s during the Creative Design elective.

F1 in Schools is an international STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) competition for schoolchildren in which groups of students design and manufacture a miniature car using CAD/CAM design tools. The cars are powered by CO2 cartridges and are attached to a track by a nylon wire. The cars are raced on the 20m long track and are timed by a computer.

The cars have to follow extensive regulations, in a similar fashion to Formula 1 eg the wheels of the car must be in contact with the track at all times. Software called F1 Virtual Wind Tunnel was designed specifically for the challenge. F1 Virtual Wind Tunnel or F1 VWT uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to simulate air resistance on the ‘cars’. Our students’ vehicles did particularly well in the simulator, giving them confidence to race.

Each team of students had to produce an enterprise portfolio, engineering portfolio and pit display. The portfolios contained information about the team, their car design and manufacturing process, marketing techniques, project management, teamwork and team identity.

All five LCH teams were an excellent representation of LCH and were excited to be a part of this competition, seeing their cars they had worked so hard on going through the simulator and on the race track. It was exciting for all of us to see how fast their cars shot up the race track. We were very proud of Team ‘Faltius’ won the fastest racing time and Team ‘Speedline’ won the fastest reaction time for LCH. The winning students were awarded a CHHS Design and Technology badge for their success which they were really proud to attach to their blazer. They will be the envy of their peers!