Local pupils racing for success

Three teams from Balsall Common Primary School are competing in the F1 Challenge competition at Princethorpe School today (26 April).

The teams have spent the past two months designing and racing their own F1 cars as part of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge.

12 Year 4 pupils split into three teams, The Deathly Hallows, 2 Fast 4 U and Magma, have worked hard to create the most aerodynamic cars possible.  As well as making the cars, the teams have secured sponsors, prepared presentations to deliver to the judges and will answer questions about their project. 

They have used the latest computer aided design technology and printers to make the cars. This is the fourth year in a row that the local primary school has taken part in the competition. They have been supported by a PM Group employee who has been incredibly helpful offering advice and guidance.  The teams also visited Solihull College and were shown their wind tunnel.

Today the teams will race their cars along a 20m track, powered by gas canisters, taking less than 1.5 seconds to cover the distance.  They will be competition against other local schools for a place in the regional finals. 

Howard Rose, Funding and Publicity Manager, said: “The teams have put in a huge amount of hard work to get to this point, and we’re all rooting for them tomorrow. Thanks very much to the teachers and JLR for their support, as well as all the local businesses who are sponsoring the teams:  Wow! Signal Communications, Solihull College, PM Group, Sutherpark Ltd, Ginger Homes, Property Lotto, Education Vehicle Alliance, Signarama, Daytona Tamworth, Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy, Midshire and fidelis. It really does make a difference and in previous years we’ve won awards for the sponsorship and marketing elements of the competition.”

A huge thanks to EVA, without them the teams wouldn’t have made it here after a problem with the minibus, but EVA solved it within the hour for us.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts and we’ll let you know how they get on.