The original challenge to design and engineer a 1/8th scale car around an engine
that runs on bio-fuel and produces enough power to make 50mph possible!
From simple beginnings the possibilities have no boundaries in incorporating all
that is best in design engineering and manufacturing know-how.
The support materials available assist in developing advanced science and technology
projects across the whole engineering and business spectrum, resulting in some quite
spectacular end results in terms of business links and engineering prowess.
The best scheme for embedding into the KS4 curriculum for all vocational engineering
and Design based courses. There are two starting points:
1. A basic kit of components which pupils assemble using simple tools and equipment
to produce a drivable chassis. From there the opportunities are vast, covering design
and manufacture of a bodyshell, alternative chassis, powertrain and performance enhancing
components. Suitable for younger pupils or as an extra-curricular initiative.
2.Engineering curriculum delivery, with materials and ‘impossible to make’ components
supplied. Pupils individually engineer all chassis and powertrain sub-assemblies
either from their own designs or to the Formula Schools engineering schedule and
drawings. Suitable for GCSE engineering, PEO levels 1&2, Specialised Diplomas, Young
Apprenticeship courses etc.
Schools enter their final solution to score points in the following categories:
Power-train and Chassis
Body and Aerodynamics
This project is based around the design, build and racing of a scale fuel engined
RC car. From a simple starting point, the opportunities are vast. Additionally many
schools now use the scheme to deliver courses such as GCSE in Engineering, Resistant
Materials Systems Control and Electronics.
Developing skills in:
Bodywork and Aerodynamics
Power train and Chassis Design
"The success of the British Motorsport industry is founded on the skills of its
engineers. We must encourage young people to see that a career in engineering is
something to be proud to aspire to. Only by working with children at an early age
through such schemes as Formula Schools can we engender such ideas."