A triumph for Britain

Bernie Ecclestone has crowned England’s Team Pulse World Champions of the F1 in Schools competition. The four-man team of John Ware (16), Samuel Wood (15), Andrew Lees (16) and Thomas Simpson (17) from Devonport High School for Boys in Plymouth, fought off competition from 24 teams from 15 countries to claim the coveted BEng Automotive and Motor Sport Engineering scholarships at City University London. Team Pulse also won the Fastest Car award, clocking a time of 1.064 seconds, just shy of the record set last year by Team Fuga of Northern Ireland.

Teams said that the high humidity in Malaysia slowed the cars and Team Pulse said that in testing for the competition it managed one run of under a second. Second and third places went to Trinity Christian School, Canberra, and Barker College, New South Wales.

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is for school children aged 11 to 18 to use CAD/CAM software to design, analyse, manufacture, test and race their miniature F1 car made from balsa wood and powered by CO2 cylinders, these race on a 20-metre two-lane track at a scale speeds of over 220mph.

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