Students finish among UK’s best in F1 contest

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A team of budding engineers from Lutterworth made the national finals of a design

contest and finished eighth in the country.

The sixth-form students from Lutterworth College were first-time entrants.

Lutterworth firm Nationwide Platforms gave a helping hand to the students competing in the international Formula 1 challenge.

The F1 in Schools scheme is an international competition which aims to encourage students to think more about engineering.

Each participating team is required to use 3D computer aided design (CAD) software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed gas-powered balsa wood F1 cars.

Entrants then compete and showcase their work at specially designated regional and national events.

As part of the 2013-14 competition, Nationwide Platforms is sponsoring a team of six Year 13 students from Lutterworth College who have established Team Momentus to take part in the programme.

Having enjoyed a strong performance at regional level, the team went on to reach the national finals held at the Big Bang Festival at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre.

The team eventually finished eighth in the country – an outstanding achievement for the first-time entrants.

Student Jacob Moore, from Team Momentus, said: “With the support of Nationwide Platforms we’ve been pleased to achieve even more than we ever hoped this year.

“We’d like to thank the business whole-heartedly for their sponsorship and their willingness to back us in all of our endeavours with the competition.”

Nationwide Platforms is based at Midland Court on the Central Park industrial estate in Lutterworth.

The firm’s managing director Jeremy Fish said: “Congratulations to Team Momentus for their outstanding achievements.

“As a business we believe in the importance of supporting the communities in which we work and we’re very proud to have supported this group of students in their very impressive accomplishments.”

As part of its Gold Sponsorship of the team, Nationwide Platforms’ logo and branding were featured on the Momentus team uniforms and the F1 car itself.