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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Racers of future hit on winning formula

POLE POSITION: The boys with their winning entry
POLE POSITION: The boys with their winning entry

Four pupils from Greystones have scooped a Best Engineered Car Award in a world championships in Austin Texas.

Patrick Flaherty, Conor Darcy, Christopher Lynch and Joseph Moran, all from St David's Holy Faith Secondary School, are currently in Texas for the Formula One Schools World Championship and will also attend the US Grand Prix there this weekend.

The schools' competition challenges pupils to create their own Formula One team and to commission, design, make and race the fastest miniature car of the future.

The Greystones team, who call themselves Bardahl Racing, built a 21cm scale model, incorporating 3D print technology in its rear and front wings. They brought their car, portfolio and a pit display to Texas and also had to prepare a presentation for the judges.

The aim of the competition is to raise awareness of Formula One and to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology "by creating a fun and exciting learning environment".

Apart from designing the car, the Greystones team had to raise sponsorship to fund research and their travel.

csheehy@herald.ie

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