The schools slot-car racing design challenge returned for another final, at the RAF museum, Cosford including a pair of international entrants from Russia.
Teams from around the UK had spent almost a year working on their designs, using PTC’s Creo design software as a tool, while also learning the basics of CAD.
To celebrate sponsors Hornby (which produce the Scalextric tracks and cars) designed a new, fully landscaped track – giving the racing schools a chance to test their driving skills – and a new flat out straight 40 metre track to set top speeds.
The two teams from Russia, attending for the first time, had been helped St Petersberg reseller Irisoft, and had taken their designs to the limit with the help of the PTC network, undertaking some Creo masterclasses.
– Furthest travelled: Teams from School #30, St Petersburg, Russia
– Best engineered: SKEM DM – Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College, Skelmersdale, Lancs
– Best Presentation: PM Ladoga – School #30, St Petersburg, Russia
– Fastest F3 car: WRC – Wootton Upper School
– Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record: Leek & Potato Soup – Leek High School
– Overall Winner: The Gauntlet – Forfar Academy
All winning teams were presented with a signed certificate and a Scalextric set donated by Hornby/Scalextric. All pupils taking part were presented with individual McLaren MP4-12C Scalextric cars donated by Hornby/Scalextric. All teams who took part in the finals were also presented with a selection of gifts by the RAF Museum.
“This is my first time here,” said John Stuart, senior VP of global education, PTC with some schoolboy enthusiasm. “The venue is awesome, and seeing the enthusiasm of the students is very impressive, they are doing a great job in designing and manufacturing their own race cars.”