GMS sponsored Aberdeen Grammar School, Scotland’s representative, in the F1 in Schools world final, held at Ferrari World, Yas Marina Circuit, in Abu Dhabi in October 2012.
F1 in Schools is an international competition that challenges teams of students to set up their own Formula 1 team and run it as a mini-enterprise project. They are responsible for managing budgets, marketing and branding, sourcing sponsorship and designing, manufacturing and racing a miniature gas-powered balsa-wood Formula 1 car. The sponsorship from GMS funded improvements to the team’s car and travel to Abu Dhabi. The competition was attended by 33 teams representing 22 countries from around the world.
The cars were raced down a 20m track, taking just over a second, at a speed of more than 70km/h, to reach the finish line. The teams were not only marked on the speed of the car but also the supporting evidence behind their designs, team identity, portfolio, pit display and verbal presentation.
Aberdeen Grammar School’s team Aeroflux 2.0 had a great day, with the fifth fastest car of the 33 raced in the world finals. Craig Walton, team manager, says: “We were extremely happy with the way both we and our car competed. We improved our car’s time from 1.157 seconds (national finals) to 1.061 seconds (world finals). We managed to reach the semi-finals of the intense knockout tournament, where we were beaten by just 0.002 seconds!”