• Paul Fingleton

Irish Racing Team Heading to F1 in Schools World Final

F1 in Schools is a global, multi-disciplinary competition, open to all secondary schools, that challenges secondary school students to design, build and race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood/Polymer resin Formula 1 cars of the future. Student teams will compete against each other in a National Championship to determine the best-engineered and fastest car in Ireland.

Hurricane Racing (L->R) Joe Reidy, Ciarán McDermott, Jamie McManus, Darren O'Hara Duggan, Tom O'Carroll, Cian McBrearty.

Hurricane Racing from Marist College, Athlone, will be heading to the F1™ in Schools World Final in Austin Texas. At the National Finals held in the RDS, their car “Blue Lightning” set the fastest time of the day by completing the 20 metre track in 1.143 seconds. The team also took home the trophy for best use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and ICT. This international competition, which is run in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society (ICS), challenges secondary school students to design, build and race model Formula 1™ cars powered by compressed air canisters.EndFragment


Talking of their success a team representative said, "It was an amazing day and an experience none of them will ever forget. The team would like to thank everyone who has sponsored and supported them thus far, including, Midland Sound Equipment, Buckley Cycles, Athlone Extrusions, Shannon Orthodontics, and H&C Autocentre. Also special mentions too Michael Moore Mercedes, and Ei Electronics, who have been key sponsors and crucial to [our] success."


Hurricane Racing will now represent Ireland on the world stage. Just like an actual F1 team, have to get their team, car, and pit to the race. It is not an easy task and will require fundraising in excess of €30,000 to get their team across.

To follow their journey, race over to www.hurricaneracing.ie or follow them on Twitter (@F1_Hurricanes)