World Finals Win for Engineering Apprentices

Tiro Racing at the McLaren garage the day of the Malaysian Grand Prix 02 October, 2017 Tiro Racing at the McLaren garage the day of the Malaysian Grand Prix

Tiro Racing have won the McLaren sponsored Best Research and Development Award at the F1 in Schools World Finals in Malaysia.


The team of six engineering apprentices from Kingston College were named England National Champions in March and now come away from the 2017 World Finals as Best Research and Development team. 50 teams from 27 countries competed and overall Tiro were placed a stunning 7th in the world.


Tiro Racing were amongst three teams shortlisted for the R&D award: overall World Champions Hyperdrive (Australia) and Pioneers (Germany) who were placed 3rd overall.


Tiro tweeted: We did it!!! Winners of the Research and Development Award supported by @McLarenF1!! Can’t wait to have the tour of the McLaren garage tomorrow!! @KCupdate #winnersaregrinners

Another tweet read: Really happy with the overall position! 7th placed team in the World. Well done to all involved.

The McLaren Group tweeted: The winners of the @F1inSchoolsHQ @McLarenF1 Research and Development Award join us in the garage at the #MalaysianGP. #F1SWF GREAT Britain


The glittering awards extravaganza, attended by 650 guests including teams, teachers, Malaysian royalty, dignitaries and key Formula 1 paddock personnel celebrated the achievements of the F1 in Schools World Finalists, with the future Engineers and professionals of the Formula 1 industry having worked tirelessly for three days in pursuit of the ultimate prize, to be crowned World Champion.


The 2017 World Finals was held from 24th to 27th September with three days of intense competition. After all their hard work the students were rewarded with a trip to Sepang International Circuit for an exclusive F1 in Schools pit lane walk and the opportunity to attend the 2017 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.


At the UK Finals held at Silverstone in March 2017, the team who are apprentices at GlaxoSmithKline, Imperial College London, Rolls-Royce, Siemens and The National Physical Laboratory were crowned England National Champions, Best Engineered Car in the UK and 2nd Place Overall. The talented apprentices gained further recognition in May with a presentation of a prestigious Best Learner Award at the House of Lords as well as being interviewed live on BBC Breakfast and ITV News London at ‘F1 Live’ held in London’s Trafalgar Square in July.


About F1 in Schools:
Tiro Racing took part in F1 in Schools, the world’s largest multi-disciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) competition which involves students from 11-19 years old in teams of four to six members. Their task was to design, manufacture and test a model F1 car following a set of regulations, whilst also considering team identity, branding, marketing and sponsorship; just like a real F1 team.


F1 in Schools challenges students to create their own Formula 1 team which is commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest miniature Formula 1 Car of the Future; a 21cm long scale model built from the F1 in Schools model block and powered by a compressed air cylinder. At the World Finals each team brings along a pit display, their cars and a written 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 around one second.


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