1. Team Name
2. Explain how you chose your team name
The name Tachyon, derives from the Latin tachys meaning light, quick and speedy. Tachyon is also a hypothetical particle that can theoretically travel faster than the speed of light.
3. Country/s represented
4. School/s represented
Denbigh High School
5. Town of School(s)
6. Number of males / Number of females on team
7. Teams Facebook page
8. Teams Twitter handle
9. Teams website
We currently are working on getting our website up and running, with the help from technicians at DesignWeb.
10. Briefly outline the history of your team
We have never entered the F1 in Schools competition, we're a completely new team who hadn't heard about the competition until September 2014, when we were introduced to it through our Design and Technology teachers.
11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)
We have achieved the following awards:
North Wales Champions
Best Sponsor and Marketing award
Best Engineered Car
Welsh Home Country Champions
FIA Women in Motorsport Award
12. Describe your team in three words
To describe our team in three words, I think I would use the words, proactive, efficient and intelligent.
13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?
We think the fact that we are all girls and we are quite a bit younger than most of the other competitors, also the fact that we have funded our world finals trip entirely on our own through sponsors and fund raising.
14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?
Our magic moment of the F1 in Schools competition was either being crowned Welsh National Champions or meeting Andrew Denford! Also Amy had the personal experience of meeting Jason Bradbury from the Gadget Show at the National Finals and having a selfie with him!!
15. We can laugh now - Tell us about one of your team’s funniest moments, maybe it wasn't so funny at the time!
One of our funniest team moments was when we were going to deliver a primary school assembly, the school was only 15 minutes away from our school, and whilst trying to get their we managed to get lost in a remote part of wales with no phone service!! With Wales being a confusing jumble of side roads and shortcuts we were driving round for nearly half an hour trying to find the school. Luckily a woman who lived nearby told us where to go and we managed to make it to the assembly not even 5 minutes late, good thing Mr Jones insisted on going early!!
Another one of our funnier moments was when we were having an open press day in our school hall right before we broke up from school, the day was hillarious! First of all whilst setting up the track, Amy managed to get herself tangled in fishing wire and also somehow managing to attach herself to the door!! Katie 'accidentally' nudged the track and made it collapse in a kind of domino effect! That wasn't funny at the time!!
16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?
The biggest challenge for us was the fact that we come from one of the most deprived areas of Wales, thus the financial side of the competition became increasingly difficult. Only a few of local businesses were willing and able to sponsor our team. From the start, we knew we'd be at a real disadvantage against other competitors, as Wales is the least populous country in the UK, and we knew we could only target Welsh companies, or companies with Welsh roots. However, we eventually overcame this challenge, and surpassed our fundraising target.
17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?
We are all looking forward to visiting Universal Studios in Singapore, as well as being able to stay in a luxury hotel such as the Hard Rock hotel. Of course, we are also extremely excited to get to compete on an international scale, as well as getting to watch the Grand Prix. Basically we're super excited for EVERYTHING!!
18. What are your expectations for the WFs?
We expect a fierce competition as well as being able to socialise and form contacts with other teams. This is a once in a lifetime experience and we hope to make the most of it. It's going to be a lot of work, and extremely nerve wracking there, but we're glad to be going with our school friends.
19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1? Who’s your favourite driver(s)?
Holly and Amy take a great interest in the sport of F1, but even more so, after participating in the F1 in Schools competition. Both Katie and Amy's favourite driver is Lewis Hamilton, though Holly prefers Nico Rosberg. When we asked Jess who her favourite was, it took her a while to decide who it was, but she eventually settled on Jenson Button.