This model car, designed by Porthcawl Primary pupils, went 85mph to zoom into the finals of a UK contest

Young race aces from Porthcawl Primary School have sped to success in a national Formula 1 challenge.

The whizz-kids designed a car which beat off competition from 24 other schools to top the South Wales podium in this year’s Formula 1 in Schools – Jaguar Primary School Challenge.

The design is now speeding on to the UK finals.

The team from Porthcawl Primary School whose winning model racing car design has got them through to the UK finals of the Formula 1 in Schools Jaguar Primary School Challenge. (Back row left to right): Erin Watkin, Chantal Martinez and Ffion Price. (Front row left to right): Grace Baker, Tegan McGlynn and Zane Aldridge-Mclean.

The Porthcawl Power team of six pupils were praised for their design work which helped to create the competition’s fastest car.

Their car, which races at a top speed of 85mph, was made from balsa wood and designed using computer-aided design software operated by the pupils.

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When it was propelled using an air canister at the South Wales schools’ competition in Swansea , the super-lightweight car zoomed along a 30 metre track in less than a second, clocking up a speed of up to 85mph, the fastest in the heat.

Porthcawl Primary School pupils Zane Aldridge-Mclean, Tegan McGlynn and Grace Baker with their super-fast car and trophies from the South Wales schools competition. Their team’s design has won them a place at the UK finals of the Formula 1 in Schools Jaguar Primary School Challenge.

The budding engineers now hope to take pole position in the UK final which will be held in Coventry in June.

Joining Porthcawl Primary School to represent Wales will be Caedraw Primary School, from Merthyr Tydfil.

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Evan Richards, Porthcawl Primary School’s deputy headteacher, said: “The pupils are thoroughly enjoying being part of this amazing competition and we will be working even harder on our entry for the national final.

Porthcawl Primary School pupil Tegan McGlynn with the car that has won her team’s design a place at the UK finals of the Formula 1 in Schools Jaguar Primary School Challenge.

“We’d like to thank our sponsors Willmott Dixon, Autobarnes and Synter BMW for their support in achieving this success.”

Congratulating the school, Councillor Huw David, Bridgend County Borough Council’s deputy leader, said: “With the Ford Engine Plant playing such a key role in the local economy, and Aston Martin’s investment in a new super-car plant just up the road in St Athan, there has never been a better time for local children to take an interest in the science, technology, engineering and maths skills that are critical in the automotive industry.

“I wish them the best of luck for the next stage of this competition when they represent Wales in the national final.”

Car was the fastest in the South Wales final

In addition to Porthcawl Primary School’s success, there were also awards at the South Wales schools’ competition for Coety Primary School having the best team image, while Mynydd Cynffig Primary School won the award for best car manufacture.

Bob Cater, of the Engineering Education Scheme Wales, said: “Formula 1 in schools had been an innovative way to interest primary age range pupils to become the engineers of tomorrow.”

The Jaguar Primary School Challenge is sponsored and supported by Jaguar Cars who have been a supporter of F1 in Schools since its launch in 2000.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/model-car-designed-porthcawl-primary-11036183