1. Team Name
2. Explain how you chose your team name
The reasoning behind our choice of the name ‘Hyperdrive Performance’ is the representation of our desire to develop our car to be the quickest it can possibly go. The drive that we possess to reach our goal - through hard work, dedication and utilising and developing our skills and knowledge to the best of our abilities - is also represented in the name.
3. Country/s represented
4. School/s represented
Trinity Grammar School, Kew
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
10. Briefly outline the history of your team
With a rich history of F1 in Schools at our school, the competition was showcased throughout the school. Kyle and Matthew decided to start a team after they found interest in engineering as well as motorsport. Hugh then asked to join the team, and Hyperdrive Performance was established in June 2014. We continued to work together throughout the year, creating a well-recognised team ready for our first competition in November 2014 at the Victorian State Finals. Winning overall, we were invited to go to the Australian National Finals, with no heavy burdens in our first season. However, winning overall, we found ourselves with the pride of representing Australia at the Singapore World Finals this year.
11. F1 in Schools achievements so far (i.e. Nat champions, other awards etc.)
In November 2014, at our very first competition at the Victorian State Finals, we won several awards including Knockout Champions, Grand Prix Racing, Fastest Lap, Best Engineered Design, Best Team Verbal Presentation, Outstanding Industry Collaboration and Overall Champions in the professional class. As we progressed to the Australian National Finals in March 2015, we were runners up in Knockout Racing, won the Best Portfolio Award and were Overall National Champions in the Professional Class.
12. Describe your team in three words
Made in Australia
13. What do you think makes your World Final team unique from other teams?
We think the breadth of skills found within each individual in our team is a unique strength which we use to our advantage. Being a team of three requires a greater workload, however there are significant advantages such as close team work and better communication, which we feel is a great asset for our team.
14. Magic moment - What has been the most exciting F1 in Schools experience your team has had so far?
Our greatest experience for the duration of the F1 in Schools program would have to be unexpectedly announced as the Australian National Champions at the Australian Grand Prix in March at our National Finals. Whilst at the Australian Grand Prix for the competition, also being able to be in the Toro Rosso pits during a free practice session, talking to drivers such as Daniel Ricciardo and Jolyon Palmer in the paddock, and also making connections from the F1 world was an amazing opportunity and a magic moment.
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 the funniest moments we have had as a team was when Kyle broke his arm right before our State Finals. We then proceeded to ‘market’ our product successfully by illustrating our team logo and the F1 in Schools logo over the cast. When judges asked about the cast, we replied that it was all ‘planned’ and we did it to increase awareness for the “cripple” (Kyle also managed to have a broken knee at our National Finals) as well as innovative ‘product placement’.
16. What is the biggest challenge in this competition?
The biggest challenge in the competition would have to be achieving a right balance of school and F1 work, and also being able to successfully manage everyone through comprehensive teamwork, communication and planning.
17. What are you most looking forward to at the WFs?
At the World Finals, we are most looking forward to meeting everyone from around the world, and making friends with everyone. We’re also excited to see the range of competition we will be against. We think a highlight will be seeing the Singapore Grand Prix under lights.
18. What are your expectations for the WFs?
We expect the World Finals to be an experience and opportunity of a lifetime. We expect the racing to be fierce, and the teams going into the competition with great ambitions and goals, like ourselves, will be hoping to win and do their country proud, therefore it will be a great test for everyone.
19. Do you watch/are you interested in F1? Who’s your favourite driver(s)?
The whole team is thoroughly enthusiastic and fans of F1. The team regularly watches the races on the calendar, and most of us go to the Australian Grand Prix every year, because it is in our home city of Melbourne. Our self-proclaimed ‘petrol-head’ Kyle supports Lotus, whilst Hugh and Matthew support Red Bull. We all agree, though, that our favourite driver is Daniel Ricciardo our own Aussie hero who has great talent and that trademark smile.