Naas CBS students are designing a F1 racing car

Cost: Students appealing for sponsorship

Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Naas CBS students are designing a F1 racing car

Naas CBS students Adam Farrelly, Eoghan Kelly, Conor Whelan, Shane Vigna and Dylan Stewart

A group of Naas students are collaborating on a project to design and build a Formula One racing car.

They’ve labelled themselves the Pherrari Racing Team for their project which will be entered in F1 in Schools, a global multi-disciplinary challenge for students to deploy software to design the car.

Individual teams, like the Naas CBS students, have to raise and manage budgets to fund their work and pay for the costs.

It encourages students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design and manufactures and a host of other disciplines like marketing, branding and sponsorship.

F1 in Schools is non for profit organisation.

The project ties in with the stated aims of Government promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and to encourage young people to specialise in these subjects during their education and training as a pathway to fulfilling careers and life opportunities.

The Naas quintet — Adam Farrelly, Eoghan Kelly, Conor Whelan, Shane Vigna, Dylan Stewart — are through to the national finals, which will take place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on May 16. “We are the first team in Naas ever to take part in this competition. We have to design our own miniature F1 car and race it down a 20 metre track i under a second,” said Shane Vigna.

Their specially designed car will be powered by small CO2 cannisters.

He added, however, that the group needs to raise another €2,000 (to date €1,500 of the €3,500 total budget has been raised).

“This money is going towards the materials and building of the car and to our pit booth (a display showing their work through all stages of the project) for the final. We hope that this would be an excellent opportunity for companies to because the competition will have a total audience of 11,5000 people,” added Shane.

They can be contacted on or via their Facebook or Instagram pages.

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