1. Team Name
2. Explain how you chose your team name
In fluid dynamics, laminar flow is characterized by smooth uninterrupted streamlines and contains no irregular fluctuations or turbulence. We have chosen Laminar to represent the ideal that we strive towards, both in the design of our car and the day to day operation of the team.
3. Country/s represented
4. School/s represented
Rocky View School District
5. Town of School(s)
6. Number of males / Number of females on team
7. Link to team Facebook page
8. Team Twitter handle
9. Link to team website
10. Briefly outline the history of your team
In September 2014, Joel approached several of his classmates in order to start Southern Alberta’s first F1 in Schools team, with a goal to compete at the World Finals. As our school did not have funds to support the team, nor a CNC machine, the project was left entirely to the students to carry out. As there were no other teams in Alberta, Laminar Racing’s first competition was the North American National Finals in Michigan. Laminar Racing took home the National Championship and is now representing Canada alongside Zephyros F1.
11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)
The team’s accomplishments include winning the Canadian National Championship and the Best Engineered Car in North America without any prior F1 in Schools experience. The team worked incredibly hard for Nationals and is very proud of what it has accomplished.
12. Describe your team in three words
Professionalism, Efficiency, Excellence.
13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?
Not having access to a track to test our cars for nationals has forced the team to put a large emphasis on computer aided engineering tools. The team’s use of advanced CFD set it apart from the competition at the national level and is proving to be an excellent resource in preparation for the World Finals.
14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?
The team’s most memorable moment was celebrating and taking photos after the awards ceremony on the track at the Michigan International Raceway with our friends from Affinity F1 and Aurora Racing.
15. We can laugh now - Tell us about one of your team’s funniest moments, maybe it wasn't so funny at the time!
When writing our National Finals Portfolio, the team had a very heated discussion on the definition of the word ‘branding’ and how it compared to the word ‘marketing’. To this day, the team has not formed a consensus and it has become a running joke within the team.
16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?
The biggest challenge we have faced is gathering momentum behind the project. No F1 in Schools team can operate alone; fundraising and industry collaboration are essential. The downturn in our oil based economy and the relative lack of popularity of F1 in western Canada have made fundraising difficult.
17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?
The team is most excited about meeting new people. Having the opportunity to talk to people with similar interests and passions, as well as figures within the industry, it was the highlight of our trip to the national finals and we’re looking forward to experiencing it again.
18. What are your expectations for the WFs?
Among the Canadian teams at the National Finals, the level of competition was very high. For Worlds, we’re preparing to be shocked by the intensity of the competition. The team has set lofty goals and will be competing to win the World Championship.
19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1? Who’s your favourite driver(s)?
Except for Joel, who has been a fan of Formula 1 for several years, F1 is a new passion for the team. Favorite drivers differ among the team members, but the team officially supports Nico Rosberg in his pursuit of the WDC.