Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Marina Circuit will host 33 teams of F1 in Schools World Finalists from 22 countries next month when they congregate in Abu Dhabi for the eighth F1 in Schools World Finals.

Atlanta, GA – October 11, 2012 – Team Shift, from Wheeler High School and Campbell High School in Marietta, GA will represent the United States.

The students are putting the final touches to their F1 scale model cars, rehearsing their presentations and finishing their portfolios ready for three days of intense competition in the pursuit of the Bernie Ecclestone F1 in Schools World Champions trophy and City University, London scholarships. 

F1 Girls Oct 2012This annual event, being held from 29th to 31st October to coincide with the 2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, will be a life-changing experience for all the students and for many it will be their first overseas trip.  Countries competing at the World Finals for the first time include Greece, Austria, Mexico and Jordan. 

Kelly Fitzgerald, Team Manager, Team Shift, said, “I can’t believe that we will be going to Abu Dhabi to compete for the World Champions title. We have put so much time, dedication, and effort into this project and we are so excited to have the opportunity to show our skills on the international level. We still have work to do, but we are so ready to compete along side the best of the best and make new friends from all over the world! None of this would have been possible without our generous sponsors.”

F1 in Schools is the largest, and most successful, educational initiative in the world, with 40 countries operating the programme, from Kenya to Kuwait, Kazakhstan to Vietnam and many more. The power of Formula 1 and the challenge of designing, building, testing, and racing a miniature F1 car of the future has reached over 20 million students, with over one million involved each year from over 20,000 schools. 

Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman, F1 in Schools, looks ahead saying, “We’re just a month away from staging our eighth F1 in Schools World Finals and I’m sure all the teams are getting very excited and nervous about their trip to Abu Dhabi. The goal for every team competing will be to lift the Bernie Ecclestone World Champions trophy above their heads and I know it will be the toughest race to the chequered flag for all these students.  Their journey, whether they win or lose, will be an enriching experience, with the peers they will meet from different cultures, religions, and lifestyles, as well as the lifeskills they will acquire from working closely in a team and pushing themselves to the limit in their efforts to win.”

“F1 in Schools at its heart is designed to engage students in the key learning areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) which are valuable assets for future careers in many sectors of industry. The World Finals deliver so much more than this for students and although they will have excelled with their commitment and dedication to producing the best model F1 car possible, they will also be amazing ambassadors for their country and take home one of the most unique, and special memories, of their life.  Abu Dhabi is set to change the lives of all of these young people and we look forward to a great week there.”

The F1 in Schools World Finals teams, with three to six members in each, have won through from their National Final and in many countries, they will have had to win a Regional Final along the way, to represent their county at this international event.  Six of the teams will be collaborations, with two teams from different countries combining their skills and presenting themselves as one team to compete with other collaborations and national champions, an opportunity offered to each National Finals’ runners-up team. The collaboration teams communicate by virtual technologies such as CISCO WebEx before finally meeting each other for the first time when they arrive in Abu Dhabi.

The F1 in Schools World Finals take place with the assistance of a host of sponsors and supporters including Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World, Etihad Airways, Pirelli, Hexagon Metrology, The IET, and City University London. 

2012 F1 IN SCHOOLS WORLD FINAL ENTRANTS

  • Australia  Cold Fusion   Brighton, Adelaide
  • Australia  Team Spectra   Kew & Kyabram
  • Austria   The Red Cheetah  Judenburg
  • Bahrain   Team 7th Gear   Isa Town
  • Canada   Bob-CAD Blazing Arrow  Toronto
  • Czech Republic  Blood Elites   Kolin
  • England   Rush    Odiham
  • Germany  AERO GP   Hamburg
  • Greece   Ground Force Project  Athens
  • Ireland   Team Quasar   Tipperary
  • Jordan   Sabeg La7eg   Amman
  • Kenya   PTK02 – Duma Racing  Molo
  • Malaysia  Panthera F1   Penang
  • Malaysia  Aeromach F1   Selangor
  • Mexico   Chilango Racing Team  Mexico City
  • Portugal  Legacy    Braga
  • Portugal  PIXEL MONSTER F1  Braga
  • Scotland  Aeroflux 2.0   Aberdeen
  • Singapore  AeroPhoenix   Central Singapore
  • South Africa  Flatline    Sandton
  • South Africa  Accelero   Maritzburg
  • UAE   Blackbird X   Dubai
  • UAE   Safire Racing   Dubai
  • UK   Team Ignite   Potters Bar
  • USA   Team Shift   Cobb
  • Wales   Team Fast Lane Racing  Bangor 
  • Wales   Motion Racing   Haverfordwest

Collaboration Teams

  • Australia & Germany Rapid Motion   Sydney/Reinbek
  • Canada & USA  Velox F1   Toronto/Manatee
  • Canada & Korea  CanroK    Brandon/Seoul
  • England & USA* Venator F1   Devonport/Elizabethtown
  • Ireland & Singapore Aptus Racing   Carlow/River Valley
  • UAE & Germany Synergy    Dubai/Einhard

*USA team members will not be travelling to Abu Dhabi

Liz Fitzgerald, Team Shift Advisor, liz@xchangeconsulting.com, 770-310-7850

About F1 in Schools

F1 in Schools aims to help change perceptions of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 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.  Students are given a brief to design a model compressed air powered F1™ Car of the future using CAD/CAM Engineering techniques. Cars are then manufactured on a CNC machine. Each team of between three and six students brings together their portfolio of work to present to a judging panel with a verbal and written presentation to support their model car, which is raced on a specially designed test track. At the World Finals each team will bring along a pit display, their cars and portfolio, as well as having prepared a verbal presentation for the judges.

The cars race on a 20 metre track, with the cars covering the distance in just over one second, a speed barrier which is yet to be broken by any student team since it was set by Team FUGA from Northern Ireland at the 2007 World Finals with a time of 1.020 seconds.