1. Team Name

Cyclone Racing

2. Explain how you chose your team name

We wanted the name of our team to emulate our aim and our car. The vortexes generated on the edges of the cars wings resemble cyclones when viewed in a wind tunnel or using CFD. A cyclone also has high wind speeds reflecting our aim for achieving a car with a high speed.

3. Country/s represented

England

4. School/s represented

Invicta Grammar School, Wilmington Grammar

5. Town of School(s)

Maidstone and Dartford

6. Number of males / Number of females on team

4 males and 2 females  

7. Link to team Facebook page

Click here!

8. Team Twitter handle

@CycloneracingUK

 9. Link to team website

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10. Briefly outline the history of your team

Wilmington Grammar have been involved in the F1 in Schools competition for 9 years with the team members from Wilmington already having competed in the F1 In Schools World Finals in Texas. To encourage engineering in women, a teacher at Invicta Grammar set up a team three years ago. As Invicta did not have prior knowledge of the competition, they used Wilmington Grammar as their partner school to help learn different aspects. Teams from Wilmington always excelled in the design and engineering of the car, whilst teams from Invicta were best at sponsorship, team identity and management. Therefore both schools decided to set up a collaboration team which we felt would have the best chance of competing to a high standard within England and hopefully, the World Finals.

11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)

Second in Regionals along with Best Team Identity and Second in the UK National Finals and were the Knockout Champions.

12. Describe your team in three words

Friends, diverse, competitive.

13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?

As a group, we decided to create an initial collaboration team due to each member’s interest in the competition and are the only team to have competed as a collaboration in the regional and national competitions. This means we have overcome the challenges world collaborations have faced, but have had the time to develop as a team.

14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?

When we won the knockout races against our extremely close competitors Evolution; it was a close call but our fast car in combination with Alex’s reaction time won the race. During knock-outs our car also had the fastest time of any car over the three day contest which is a testament to the work everyone put into it.

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 we were at Buckmore Parks relaunch, we were given the opportunity to use their brand new go karts. On the second turn of the first lap, Astha span out causing three other people to do the same and she was left facing in the wrong direction whilst everyone had to swerve to avoid her. After the a few more laps, a safety car was sent out to slow everyone on the track down. It turned out it was because Astha had crashed through some gates and had to be helped back onto the track.

16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?

Immediately after progressing through to the world finals, the team had A-levels to prepare for. All of the team take some of the hardest A-levels such as maths, physics and chemistry which are especially hard to achieve high grades in. With two members attending university next year and having to meet their AAA entry requirements and with the other four having high aspirations, the main focus for each member had to be doing well in their exams in May and June. This meant that the team hardly had time to work towards the World Finals until July, giving a much smaller time frame than we would have liked.

17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?

Meeting everyone who has put in the same amount of work as us and has the same motivation to achieve. Along with seeing the night race in Singapore at the end!

18. What are your expectations for the WFs?

We are expecting a high standard of competition but are hoping to do well.

19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1?  Who’s your favourite driver(s)? 

The team enjoy f1 because the technology is made just for the purpose of making a car go as fast as possible but it is developing technology for future everyday use, such as energy recovery systems. We respect Jenson Button as has got natural talent shown through being the fastest in wet conditions and great during the all races.