National Finals

Please send S1 submissions to s1upload@syndic8.org


F1 in Schools the only global multi-disciplinary challenge in which teams of students aged 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered balsa wood F1 cars. Teams must raise sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation. The challenge inspires students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way. The founding constitution of F1 in Schools stipulates that it is, and shall remain, a not-for-profit organisation & Funds raised through sponsorship are invested in administering, developing and expanding the challenge. All income is deployed in accordance with guidelines laid down by Formula One Management. The challenge is a unique global platform for the promotion of Formula One and partners to a youth market.

What’s Involved


Form a team of 3 – 6, think of a name, decide job roles: Team Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer, Graphic Designer and Resource Manager.


Prepare a business plan, develop a budget and raise sponsorship. Sponsorship can be used for parts of your car or for costs involved with partaking in the competition. Sponsorship isn’t always about money; it can also solidify your teams image. Teams are encouraged to collaborate with industry and create business links.


Using 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, design an F1 car of the future to the specifications set by the International Rules Committee just like in Formula One™.


Aerodynamics are analysed for drag coefficiency in a virtual wind tunnel using Computational Fluid Dynamics Software (CFD). Dimensions should be checked at this point to ensure they meet the rules and regulations. Other parts of the car can be analysed too such as weight and interference between components that fit together.


Using 3D CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) software, the team evaluates the most efficient machining strategy to make the car. Teams should also look into other forms of manufacturing for components such as the wings or wheels and wheel components. Get creative and keep in mind important aspects of design for manufacture (DFM) including limitations such as material selection, price and machining interference.


Physically test the technical aspects of the car, such as aerodynamics in a wind tunnel. Ensure the car meets all requirements and was accurately manufactured. You can test many other things such as paint jobs, bearing resistance, wing angle and designs etc. Make sure you record your findings for the portfolio and analyse your results to find ways of improving your design.


Put together an informative display showing your work through all stages of the project. Think about your team identity. It should stand out and offer a platform for your sponsors to advertise. But most importantly show the key aspects of your project.


Cars are submitted to allow the judges to scrutinize every dimension to ensure that they comply with the Rules and Regulations. There will be both critical and non critical regulations that will dictate what awards you will be eligible for. So make sure you know the rules!


Judges question teams on how their car has been manufactured and why particular designs were chosen. This gives team members a chance to elaborate on the more technical aspects of the design and show what they have learned. It is also an opportunity to show any innovative designs you have that you think may be unique or unlike any other in the competition.


Prepare a presentation to perform to a panel of judges covering all aspects of the challenge. This includes, your initial brainstorms, ideas, branding, sponsorship and final design. This will be completed within a set time limit.


Put together a 20 page A3 portfolio documenting your project. It should outline in detail all aspects of your project from marketing to car design. Make sure it is laid out nicely and easy to navigate.


Time to test what your team has worked so hard on to achieve; a winning car. Race against other teams nationally and internationally down a 20m track. Will your car be the fastest?




Still not sure if this is the best category for you?


Our price plans are designed to cater for all groups entering the competition. Although we do offer a machining service with the INTERMEDIATE PACK and the PRO PACK, we would greatly encourage that applicants use either, in school machining equipment or personal equipment. Teams using their own equipment would provide teams with an in-depth knowledge of how the projects were manufactured. This is a requirement for all SYNDIC8 competitions & events. Sponsorship from machining companies could also include use of their equipment if applicable; but teams must understand the machining process.

We are a non-profit organisation and all the funds we receive go into ensuring these events are held to the highest of standards. Any additional funds are poured back into the SYNDIC8 programme to further provide this service to more dedicated applicants around the world.



1x Team Registration

4 x Black Fusion Wheels

2 x Screw Eyes

2 x Axles

4 x Axle Bush's

1 x F1 Model Block



1 x Team Registration

1 x Basic Pack

1 x Fully machined car



1 x Team Registration

1 x Basic pack

1 x Intermediate pack

4 x Custom wheels