We are Tiro Racing, a team made up of six dedicated engineering apprentices currently attending Kingston College, and are competing in the F1 in Schools competition with high ambitions. We work for and represent The National Physical Laboratory, Imperial College London, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce and Siemens. Tiro is Latin for apprentice, and so we decided it would make a fitting title for a team of apprentices.
F1 in Schools is the world’s largest multi-disciplinary STEM competition. Students must form teams of 4 - 6 members to design, manufacture and test a model Formula 1 car complying with a stringent set of regulations. Alongside this, teams must consider team identity, branding, marketing and sponsorship, similarly to how a real Formula 1 team would operate. These teams must then compete against each other at a Regional, National and International Level, putting their handiwork through the tough scrutiny of a panel of professional judges.
We competed at the London and South East Regional Final at the CEME Centre, Rainham on the 8th February. We were successful in winning the award for Best Team Identity and placed 2nd overall, as well as having the fastest car. Due to these successful results, we were fortunate enough to represent the region at the UK National Final at the Silverstone GP Circuit on the 28th-30th March.
At the National Final the stakes were higher than ever, as success at this level meant getting through to the prestigious World Final in Kuala Lumpur. Through hard work and dedication, we were able to win three awards: Best Engineered Car, English Champions and 2nd place overall. We will carry everything we've learnt so far forward with us into the next round.
Our goal is to lower our car's time on the track to <1 second, and of course we are aiming to have a lasting impact at the World Finals. Make sure to keep checking our website and social media (Facebook and Twitter) for regular updates on everything Tiro! Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at Kuala Lumpur for the World Finals!