1. Team Name
2. Explain how you chose your team name
In physics, Torque represents a turning force. That is, we chose “Torque Racing” because we have always believed in our capabilities to change and turn the course of history through our participation in F1 in Schools. We aimed to improve our community and motivate students by our own achievements. Only a strong and determined turning force could do that.
3. Country/s represented
United Arab Emirates
4. School/s represented
Rawafed Private School
5. Town of School(s)
Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi
6. Number of males / Number of females on team
Males: 3, Females: 1
7. Link to team Facebook page
8. Team Twitter handle
9. Link to team website
10. Briefly outline the history of your team
Torque Racing has been formed by former members of Strike Automobiles, UAE representatives in the 2013 F1 in Schools World Finals. That is, we had the opportunity to represent the UAE in the 2013 World Finals after winning our National Rookie UAE Championship in addition to Fastest Car and Best Engineering Car Awards. In 2014, we have taken part in the Professional UAE Finals Category and won the Best Verbal Presentation Award. In February 2015, we were nominated by F1 in Schools, YMC to represent the UAE in the 2015 F1 in Schools World Finals, Singapore. We have been competing in F1 in Schools for almost 3 years during which we have attended, volunteered in and organized many activities related to our team and F1 in Schools targeting our school students and the public community. Our experience, achievements and future intentions define our determination to keep the engine running.
11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)
2013 internal school finals and won: The Best Verbal Presentation Award, The Best Graphics Award, The Best Business Management. Internal Finals Award 2013 UAE National Finals (Rookie Category) and won: Best Engineered car Award, Fastest car Award. National Championship 2014 UAE National Finals (Professional Category) and won: Best Verbal Presentation Award. 2015 UAE Nomination stage: Nominated to represent the UAE in the 2015 F1 in Schools World Finals.
12. Describe your team in three words
Persistence, Inspired, Focused
13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?
Many things make us stand out between all other teams. Mainly, it’s our team history and how we managed to introduce and sometimes involve F1 in Schools to hundreds of students who were unaware it even existed. In addition to that, we have managed to endure through very difficult times and resolve many issues, we also have an advisory board of experts coaching and advising us. We believe this is what makes us unique and distinctive.
14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?
Apart from winning the Nomination stage to represent the UAE in the 2015 F1 in Schools World Finals, we had great and exciting time attending and managing the racetrack at the 2015 “ETHARA” event in Yas Marina Circuit. “ETHARA” is the Arabic word for excitement and the event was as such. All participants were Primary School students and we were there to help organize the event and “excite” the kids. It was a memorable experience and a magic day spent with young designers and engineers.
15. We can laugh now - Tell us about one of your team’s funniest moments, maybe it wasn't so funny at the time!
In one of the F1 in Schools events we attended and helped in organizing, we were managing the racetrack. Our team manager was recording down the track time values of all cars. The results were displayed on a screen to all teams. Suddenly, the displayed average racetrack time for one of the teams was about 0.890… a new world record! The team was amazed, surprised but also sceptical about it. We called the event manager to confirm the record was correct when we realized it was a typing mistake!
16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?
The biggest challenge in the competition from our point of view is communicating one’s achievements. Almost all teams will be coming with great and professional work but they will all encounter the challenge of communicating their work to the judges through all project aspects.
17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?
We have been doing this for three years; we would love to leave the World Finals event with at least one of the top positions. In addition, we look forward to making lifetime friends from around the world and inspiring the world with our background and achievements.
18. What are your expectations for the WFs?
We expect a very impressive venue with high-stand work presented by all teams. The quality of cars, pit displays, portfolios, etc. improves every year. Therefore, we believe the challenge this year would be strong enough. If you play it right, you would have the most competitive advantage. Therefore, we expect to leave the challenge with remarkable awards and are doing our best to stand out at the top ranks.
19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1? Who’s your favourite driver(s)?
We have attended the 2013 Grand Prix in the US after the World Finals event. In addition, we have been attending the Etihad Grand Prix events of Abu Dhabi over the past two years. F1 excites us a lot and we enjoy the working environment of real F1 teams. Although we don’t closely know the individual drivers of all F1 teams, we admire the continuous successes of famous drivers such as Lewis Hamilton.