Imagine building a 1/20th-scale F1 racing car capable of travelling at over 110km/hr using advanced 3D design software, and automated manufacturing technology. For most racing enthusiasts the prospect of owning, managing and designing a successful Formula 1 car and team brand is nothing more than a dream. But this year, the St. Brigid’s College Phoenix Fire Racing Team have made that dream a reality.
The team of six engineering students have designed, tested, and manufactured an exciting concept F1 car using the CAD/CAM and CNC Machining hub in the schools new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building.
They have created and marketed a whole F1 team structure surrounding their concept car and on Friday 4 March they qualified with distinction from the F1 Regional Finals held at the GMIT Campus in Castlebar.
During the Regionals the Phoenix Fire crew raced their CO2 powered car down a 20 metre track against the other finalists to secure qualification for the National Finals and the chance of representing Ireland at the F1 World Finals in Austin Texas next summer.
Last year, the Zero Tolerance Racing Team from St. Brigid’s scooped a major engineering award at the National Final for Best Engineered Car and here is hoping that Phoenix Fire Racing can follow in their footsteps.
You can follow the progress of the team as they prepare for the National Final on Twitter @phoenixrt2016 and Facebook – Phoenix Fire Racing 2016.