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Friday November 2, 2012

Association steps up to help students with mini F1 car challenge

<b>Talking cars:</b> The teammembers explaining their work to Dr Kantha Rao (right) during the meeting. Talking cars: The teammembers explaining their work to Dr Kantha Rao (right) during the meeting.

THE F1 in Schools Formula One Technology Challenge in Malaysia is organised by the Education Ministry.

The annual competition begins at the state level and qualified teams will go on to the national level before the winners advance to the international level.

SMK Bandar Tun Hussein Onn Fourth Former Krisnadevan Vellayadevan and his team, Vitesse Racing, represented their school in the state-level competition recently.

They have been chosen to compete at the national level from Nov 4 to 7 in Penang. On the final, they will be collaborating with a team from Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Kedah at the finals.

Vitesse Racing has to develop a F1 mini car out of a balsa wood by complying with the given specifications, rules and regulations and it will be raced.

Krisnadevan, who is team manager and design manager, will join teammembers Rifaat Naim (graphic designer), Saw Zhi Shan (resource manager), Hurul Ain Azman Shah (manufacturing engineer) and teacher-adviser Farouq Idris in preparing a business plan, developing a budget and raising sponsorship.

Using 3D CAD (computer-aided design) software, the team will attempt to design a Formula One car of the future.

The team will also evaluate the most efficient machining strategy and test the aerodynamics of their model in wind and smoke tunnels.

At the competition, the cars will be raced side by side along a 20m straight at more than 60km/h.

Teams will be judged on car speed, as well as supporting evidence of their design, verbal presentation and marketing display stand in ‘‘the pits”.

On Oct 22, the Selangor Telugu Welfare and Culture Association (STWCA) stepped in to help the Vitesse Racing team.

At a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Krisnadevan and his team presented their mini F1 car and STWCA has agreed to help them out financially.

Currently, Krisnadevan’s team needs to raise funds for current and future development of their racing cars.

STWCA president Datuk Dr Prakash Rao and adviser Datuk Dr Kantha Rao have promised to work together with more sponsors to help make the team’s dreams come true.

F1 in Schools Ltd is a not-for-profit company established with committed partners to provide an exciting yet challenging educational experience through the magnetic appeal of Formula One.

F1 in Schools is rapidly realising its potential of becoming the only truly global educational programme that raises awareness of Formula One among students and school children throughout the world.

Its main objective is to help change perceptions of engineering, science and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment for young people to develop an informed view about careers in engineering, Formula One, science, marketing and technology.

For more information, visit www.f1inschools.com or www.f1inschools.com.my.

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