Students revving up for F1 challenge

Students revving up for F1 challenge
Students from St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny are set to take part in a unique motorsport design challenge.

Students from St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny are set to take part in a unique motorsport design challenge.

The “Fusion F1” team are made up of Evan Mc Croary, Dylan Mc Croary, Harry Murphy, Conor Dabell, Nathanial Giddy and Anthony Horgan.

The motorsport enthusiasts will participate in the “F1 in Schools” Technology Challenge, run by the Irish Computer Society.

The students will be required to make an aerodynamic model F1 car which will be raced against other participating schools in the regional finals in March and national finals in April.

Team manger Harry Murphy said the team narrowly lost out last year and are looking to make amends in this years event and claim a spot at the world finals in the United States.

He said the event is a high octane mix of team work, design, engineering and racing skill. The cars will be 1/20th of the scale of the real thing and after the design and construction work is complete they race head-to-head with other teams.

He stated: “This is the third year St. Eunan’s has entered this competition and has had great success in the past. The F1 in Schools Challenge is an international competition which now attracts more than 90,000 students across the world design, build and race model F1 cars powered by compressed air.”

Ayrton Kelly of Optimal F1 shares the experience he had with the competition last year.

“Formula One in Schools was one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve learned more than I could ever learn from a textbook - from practical things like writing a press release or phone call etiquette to the development of my confidence and communication skills. It strengthened my friendships with my team mates and made me respect those in the industry, particularly my namesake Ayrton Senna whom I didn’t fully appreciate until last year,” he explained.

The team will collaborate with the LYIT in Letterkenny to utilise the facilities, advanced technology and wide range of equipment that they have to offer.

Shaun McGinley, the supervising teacher of the team, said F1 in Schools is a great competition for all students, saying “promotes a wide range of skills that allow students to be better equipped for every day life.”

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