The hard work of Haileybury's Ignite Racing team was rewarded when it was named 2018 Development Class National Champions at the March F1 in Schools Challenge in Launceston. Congratulations to Year 10 students Thomas Vulcan, Jun Fu, Arjuna Sanjayan, Nathan Betros and Kusalavan Sivathash who will now go on to compete at the World Final in Singapore later this year.
The F1 Challenge is the world's largest student STEM competition and each year sees more than 17,000 schools from 44 countries attempt to develop the fastest miniature F1 car. In Australia, about 22,000 students compete.
Design, Analyse, Test, Make, Race
Mimicking a Formula One team, Ignite Racing followed the pathway of engineering and manufacturing disciplines - design, analyse, test, make and race.
Members used real-world technology, such as engineering design software, and became proficient in areas such as coding, computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis.
Ignite Racing's Years 10-12 students designed their car using 3D CAD software. It was manufactured on a 3-axis CNC router that turned a blank piece of even-density model foam into their racing vehicle.
This subtractive manufacturing process requires a digital design that is accurate to the millimetre, to avoid defects that could jeopardise speeds achieved on race day.
Centre of Gravity
Team engineer Arjuna worked closely with Swinburne University of Technology School of Engineering members to test and refine a unique design that sought to mathematically identify the vehicle's exact centre of gravity, so it could reach speeds over 80km/h in less than a second.
The judges noted that Arjuna's analytical report on the physics of this design was among the best student-generated analyses that they had ever judged. Arjuna also connected with major sponsor Zagame Automotive to have the team vehicle covered in a nano-particle paint that considerably lowered the friction coefficients.
His efforts were reared with the Best Engineered Computer Assisted Design award at the national finals.
Marketing and Sponsorship
As part of the national finals, Ignite Racing had to seek sponsorship and prepare a marketing brief. Thomas ran the Marketing and Sponsorship Program and was instrumental in attracting the support of Zagame Automotive, MotorOne, carsales.com.au, Spyder Displays and Harvey Norman.
This sponsorship fully funded the team's national finals entry and a promotional stand highlighting their journey.
Haileybury's involvement in F1 in Schools aims to develop skills in problem solving, project management, communication, presentation, teamwork, innovation, self-promotion, collaboration, marketing and entrepreneurialism. Skills which are all in demand by the business world.