Rules and Regulations R-Type - F1 in Schools

Rules and Regulations R-Type - F1 in Schools

Rules and RegulationsR-Type

What is the F1 in Schools Challenge?GETTING STARTEDThe F1 in Schools is a global multi-disciplinary competition, that challenges secondaryschool students in the Republic of Ireland, to design, build and race miniature compressed airpoweredbalsa wood Formula One cars. Student teams will compete against each other in theNational Final to determine the best engineered and fastest car in Ireland.Design will play a critical role in the success of your team - both in the design of the car itselfand the people involved in bringing that design from the initial idea right through to the startinggrid. Team members must be carefully chosen and trained to work together, using cutting edgedesign software and the latest in manufacturing technology.Students are encouraged to use software tools to manage their projects and to develop aproject website to communicate how their designs evolved.Left: National Champions 2009 TeamBlink, St. Ailbe’s Secondary School,TipperaryRight: National Championshipwinning carThe 2008/09 Challenge was a great success with 90 teams competing at Regional Final stage.All Regional Finals for the 2009/10 season will be held in March. The Challenge is part ofan international competition which in September 2009 will see 32 teams from 20 countriescompete for the crown. The 2008 World Champions are Team Pulse from England.Similar rules and regulations continue to apply to your R-TYPE car designs as for the D-TYPE.Similarly, all cars in the championship will continue to be powered by identical specification engines- compact compressed air powerplants. The R-TYPE presents a different engineeringand design challenge to test and develop your engineering skills even further.The F1 in Schools Challenge is managed by the Irish Computer Society in partnership withDiscover Science and Engineering.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 2

THE DESIGN BRIEFThe BriefYou are the Formula One Team commissioned to design, construct and race the fastest Formula OneCar of the Future, driven by compact compressed air powerplants (cartridges). The particular design specificationsand racing regulations for this controlled racing are outlined in this document.To succeed in the challenge you will need to work with modern design technologies like 3D CAD software.In order to enter the Championship, you must allocate job roles to the members of your group. Ideally, onerole should be allocated to each person. However, you may have to double up on your role and responsibilities,depending on the number of people you have available.The following job roles should be covered by the members of your team:Team Manager (maximum 1 person). This person will be responsible for managing theteam, ensuring that the car is ready for the finals. The team manager works closely withall members of the team, offering assistance where necessary.Resources Manager (maximum 1 person). This person organises time, materials andequipment for design and making the cars. The resources manager will need to liaisewith all members to check tasks are progressing on time and offer additional help, ifneeded.Manufacturing Engineer (maximum 2 persons). These people are responsible for advisingteam members on the manufacture of the car and the constraints of the machiningprocess. Manufacturing engineers will need to liaise with the design engineers to reportand help solve any problems with construction of the car.Design Engineer (maximum 2 persons). These people are responsible for the stylingand aerodynamic performance of the car design. Design engineers will need to liaise withthe manufacturing engineers to ensure their ideas can be realised.Graphic Designer (maximum 1 person). This person will be responsible for producingthe colour schemes applied to the vehicle, including any special sponsorship decals, togetherwith the final graphic renderings and any additional team marketing materials. Thegraphic designer will need to liaise with the design engineer to ensure any schemes willfit the shape of the vehicle and the marketing and communications manager for additionalmarketing development.Marketing and Communications Manager (maximum 1 person). This person will beresponsible for developing team marketing and sponsorship generation. The marketingand communications manager will need to liaise with F1 in School’s Marketing Team,local media and potential sponsors to ensure maximum coverage for their team.There are so many tasks that must be mastered, in order to design, manufacture, prepare and finally entera car for racing, that teamwork will be vital to your success. A real F1 team succeeds because all thepeople learn to work together and support each other.Remember, no one person is more important than another.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 3

THE DESIGN BRIEFSpecific RequirementsYour team must comply with all the guidelines outlined below:Your team must contain a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 6 students.Due to the increasing numbers entering the competition it has been necessary to introduce aQualifying stage. Entry to this Qualifying Stage will be open to all schools and entry is free.Each school can enter as many teams as they wish for the Qualifying Stage, but a maximum of twoteams from each category (Junior / Senior Cycle) will be allowed to progress through to theRegional Finals.Teams must be registered by 16th October 2009. Registration is online at www.F1inSchools.ieThe Qualifying Stage will be judged following the submission of a 5 page plan (submissiondeadline 6th November 2009). The details for this Stage follow in this document under theQualifying Stage heading on pages 8 and 9.Teams’ 5 page plans are judged to select approximately 100 teams to progress to Manufacturingand Regional Final stage. The teams that score highest in the Qualifying Stage will proceed throughto the Regional Finals. All schools will be notified by email if they have/have not succeeded inprogressing through to the Regional Final stage. There is a fee of €80 per team for those whoqualify for the Regional Final stage.If it is your school’s third time to enter the Challenge and your team is a Senior Cycle team, youmust design the R-Type car. For details on Competition Categories, view page 15 of thisdocument.Your team must use 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software to produce your ideas and modelthem in 3D. Details on how to obtain your free copy of Solid Works software from F1 in Schools isavailable on the website ( dimensions of your car body, together with the wheels, must fit the dimensions outlined inthe rules. Marks will be deducted otherwise. Please check these very carefully.The car body must be machined from a single piece of balsa wood. The front aerofoil and rearaerofoil may be machined from a separate non-metallic material e.g. ABS. This applies also tosupporting structures.Each car body must be manufactured either at your school or at a designated ManufacturingCentre, which F1 in Schools will pair your team with. Your team must use a CNC machine, suchas the Denford MicroRouter to produce the car body.Each car body must be completed with a high quality painted finish. Note that only a limited amountof hand finishing to the body is allowed. Only one car is required at regional and national final level.At Regional and National Final stages each team must produce a design portfolio which detailsthe design, production and evaluation process including, initial ideas, design development,manufacture and evidence of testing and evaluation. Max 20 pages (A3). It should be noted thatpoints are awarded for ICT in the design of your portfolio.At Regional and National Final stages each team must supply a 1 st or 3 rd angle orthographicprojection and a graphic rendering of their final design, both produced using a 3D CAD package.At Regional and National Final stages each team must complete a specification sheet, which mustbe displayed at each race event. This specification sheet should be completed before arriving at therace event.At Regional and National Final stages teams must prepare a verbal presentation on their work. 5minutes will be allocated to present to the judges.Note: The guidelines listed above are minimum requirements. Please review the Rules and Regulations and markingscheme further in this document.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 4

THE DESIGN BRIEFDesign ConsiderationsDesign Preparation:Before beginning to design your car, you willneed: Solid Works or a similar 3D CAD softwarepackage at your school/college. A design template suitable for the balsawood blank. (this can be downloaded Hopefully, an endless supply of ideas!Training:CAD packages will help you draw and developyour ideas in 3D. Of course, as with most drawingpackages, it takes time to learn how to use them.Your technology teacher should be able to showyou how the software works, but members of yourteam will need to spend some time exploring thesoftware, so you can see what it can do and howit can help you design your F1 car.Research:Investigate existing F1 car designs. Your teachermay be able to help you use the internet to findout the latest developments occurring in the worldof F1 design. Team photos from last year’sChallenge can be found at inthe Gallery section. Concentrate your research onareas that could help your team, for example,aerodynamics, car body designs and wheeldesigns, then try to apply the principles to yourown ideas.Testing:Your team may want to consider testing a varietyof car designs, or car parts, in a virtual wind tunnelor physical wind and/or smoke tunnel, if yourMake Centre has access to one, to evaluate theiraerodynamic performance.If your school has a copy of Solid Works youshould also have included a copy of COSMOS,Solid Works design analysis software.COSMOSFlowXpress can be used to quicklyanalyze the Race Car Block part which is used inthe Race Car Assembly.COSMOSFloXpress is a fluid dynamicsapplication that calculates how fluid, (air or water)flows through a part or assembly model. Based onthe calculated velocity field, you can find problemareas in your design and improve them before youmanufacture any parts.Manufacturing ConsiderationsIn the F1 Car Kit that each team qualifying for theRegional final stage will receive, is a balsa woodblock, a set of 4 wheels and 2 axles, which is theminimum that you need to compete at Regionalfinal stage.Note that your car design template must be10mm shorter at least at one end, compared tothe actual balsa wood block (we have accountedfor this in the Rules & Regulations, point 3a). Youwill not be able to machine to the extreme endsof the balsa wood block, since they aresometimes used for attaching the CNC machinejig fixtures. Damage could occur if the cutting toolhits any of these jig fixtures.The jig is used to stop the balsa wood blockmoving whilst being machined. It also allows theblock to be accurately repositioned. Please notehowever that some machines will require onlyone cut, others may require two cuts, thereforeyou will need to take this into account when youare designing the car.Manufacturing of cars must occur at an approvedF1 in Schools Manufacturing Centre (3rd levelinstitution), which F1 in Schools will pair yourteam with, or if your school has facilities, in yourown school.Once machined, you can smooth down the balsawood design and finish with primer and paint.Note that only a limited amount of hand finishingto the body is allowed. Filler should not be usedto build up areas of your car. You can alsodecorate the car body with any sponsorshipstickers, advertising or colour schemes.Sponsorship ConsiderationsWhen seeking team sponsorship, please ensurethat the proposed sponsor of your team does notconflict with the F1 in Schools TechnologyChallenge sponsors.If you are unsure if your potential sponsor willconflict please contact for confirmationF1 in Schools Technology Challenge 5

THE DESIGN BRIEFRight: 3D rendering of the blank balsa wood,used for construction of the R-TYPE car.Below: Third angle orthographic projection of the R-TYPE blank balsa wood block.All dimensions shown are in mm (millimeters). Note—the drawing is NOT TO SCALEF1 in Schools Technology Challenge 6

TIMELINE 2009-10F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 7

QUALIFYING STAGECompulsory Qualifying Stage – The First Step onto the Grid!!You are a Formula One team who must pitch your plan to build the Fastest Formula One Car ofthe Future, driven by compressed air powerplants.You must submit a plan which demonstrates why your team should be chosen to get your designconstructed to race.Your plan should give details of your team members, show some areas of your teams research, displayyour initial design ideas and show some elements of your portfolio e.g. timeline, branding etc…Remember, your team must show why your plan is the best!Your ideas and plan should be original, if you want to be chosen, be different!Plan –maximum 5 pages (A4)All team plans must be submitted by 5pm 6th November 2009Plans should be submitted by email to or by post to:ICS, Crescent Hall, Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2Your plan should consist of the following:Introduction (1 page)Research (1 page)A look at the different ideas behind making your car the fastest.Design (1-2 pages)Pencil sketch will suffice, but 3D CAD more advantageousResources planning (1-2 pages)Outline plan to include, for example: timeline, budget, marketing etc..Plans should have no more than 5 A4 pages, any plans which exceed the maximum of 5 pages will onlyhave the first 5 pages looked at. The cover of your document is not counted in these 5 pages.To view a sample plans, log on to www.F1inSchools.ieWinning teams innovate!!Formula One is constantly innovating in all areas of the Formula One business i.e. design, research,marketing. Has your team a distinct advantage, if so tell us about it and earn your team an additional 10%of your overall marks for the plan!! For further breakdown of marks for Qualifying Stage, view page 9 ofthis document.Submit one additional item that can take the form of, for example, one of the following:An additional A4 page of text or imagesA slide showA videoA team logoMaximum duration of digital media 3 minutes.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 8

Marking Scheme for Qualifying StageQUALIFYING STAGEArea Key Features Points AwardedIntroductionOne page introduction to team, job roles, teammissionMax 10 pointsResearchOne page featuring areas researched by the team forthe competition e.g. aerodynamics, wheel design…..Max 10 pointsDesign1-2 pages of initial sketches of design/designs.Development of ideas can be by hand or with 3DCAD. Teams should show development of thoughtsand ideas through use of research.Note: Use of ICT/CAD is essential to achievemaximum pointsMax 40 pointsBrief1 – 2 pages where teams outline what their plan wouldbe, if they proceed through to the Regional Finals.This may include how they would allocate their time,fund their materials/transport, and their range ofactivities (e.g. project-management, graphic design,marketing, sponsorship etc.).Max 40 pointsInnovationAn additional 10% of the teams overall mark for above can be achieved bysubmitting one item to demonstrate your teams innovation.*To achieve the highest marks in each category teams should use ICT and CAD, where possible.*Note:At Regional Final stage points may be deducted from team’s scores if significant elements ofinitial plans are not achieved. Therefore you should ensure your plans are realistic.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 9

CONSUMABLES/AWARDSManufacturing CentresTeams will be paired with a Manufacturing Centre (3 rd level institution) by F1 in Schools, if youdo not have facilities in your school.How to obtain software, hardware and consumablesTo obtain your free copy of Solid Works software from F1 inSchools visit the website ( you would like to purchase any equipment for thechallenge please contact:Sureweld Educational Division, Fonthill, Lucan, Co. DublinTel: 01 6266 242Or contact T4 (Technology Subjects Support Service) for alist of approved equipment.Tel: 091 745 650Team Prizes and AwardsThere will be separate awards for:The Overall Winner of the ChallengeThe 1st, 2nd and 3rd Winners in each CategoryThe Fastest CarNote: Awards are at theThe Best Engineered Cardiscretion of the judges.Best Use of ICTBest Team WebsiteThe Best Team Marketing and SponsorshipBest NewcomerPrizes will be awarded at National Final level. Prize packages to be confirmed.Each F1 in Schools competitor will receive a certificate of participation.Enquiries and QuestionsAll questions and queries about the F1 in SchoolsTechnology Challenge should be e-mailed to: f1@ics.ieFor the very latest information, visit the F1 in SchoolsTechnology Challenge website ( in Schools Technology Challenge 10

RULES & REGULATIONS1. General Regulations1a. All cars must be designed using a CAD/CAMpackage. The CAD package used mustsatisfy all the challenge entry criteria andallow students to produce a 3D graphicrendering and 1 st or 3 rd angle orthographicprojection. Your F1 car must be manufacturedon a CNC machine, such as a DenfordMicroRouter, either at your school or at an F1in Schools approved Manufacturing Centre.1b. All teams must be registered before 16thOctober 2009 in preparation for QualifyingStage submission of plans on 6th November2009. Registration is online atwww.F1inSchools.ie1c. Students to submit a 5 page summaryportfolio document by 6th November 2009.1d. Each team should consist of a minimum of 3members to a maximum of 6. Mixed genderteams would be preferred and positivelyencouraged.1e. Contact details for the Team Manager shouldbe provided, to enable F1 in Schools to liaisewith them, this is completed at time ofregistration on All teammembers’ roles must be entered onlinebefore Regional finals.1f. All cars must be designed considering thespecified dimensions and regulations. Only alimited amount of hand finishing (at theJudges’ discretion) is permitted. We expect allcars to be complete, finished and painted to ahigh standard.1g. Only a limited amount of filler is permitted. Itshould not be used to build up areas.Disqualification may occur wheremeasurement of original drawing and final carhave significant discrepancies.1h. Teams must show evidence of any mediafootage or press clippings in order to beawarded marks for such media coveragegenerated.1i. The official length of the track, from startingline to finish line, is 20 metres.1j. The F1 car body must be machined from asingle piece of balsa wood. The front aerofoiland the rear aerofoil may be machined from aseparate non-metallic material. The design ofthe axle and bearing systems is unrestricted.1k. Teams that have been invited to the RegionalFinals and National final will be required toexplain how they completed their designprocess to the Judges, in the form of a verbalpresentation, with optional accompanyingvisual aids. The presentation must not lastlonger than 5 minutes. Extra time is providedfor set up and Judges questions.1l. Should any teams withdraw or becomedisqualified from the Regional Final stage;reserve teams may be selected from apreviously submitted list. These teams will beinformed by post/e-mail/telephone call as soonas the organisers are aware of the situation.1m.The cars should be produced in the sameyear as the finals. The same car design shouldnot be entered more than once.1n. Each design must leave enough space for anentry number sticker to be applied on eachside of the car body. Your number will begiven to you at registration and must be inplace before racing. The size of the sticker willbe a maximum of 40mm (length) by 25mm(height).1o. At Regional and National Final stage eachteam must produce a design folder of workcovering all aspects of the project includinginitial ideas, design development and evidenceof testing. These documents should bepresented in an A3 sized portfolio anddisplayed in the pits area throughout theduration of the event - no more than 20 sheetsof A3 per portfolio.1p. A dimensioned orthographic projection(including a plan, side and end elevation) oftheir car design and a 3D rendering, bothcompleted using a CAD package, must alsobe submitted in your design folder.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 11

RULES & REGULATIONS1. General Regulations (continued)1p. All cars will be checked for safety and that thescrew eyes are secure. If the Judge /RaceOfficials are unhappy with the safety of thevehicle or a rule infringement has occurred,the team may be disqualified or pointsdeducted from the overall team score.1q. Judging will include categories as detailed inthe marking criteria. Overall winners will bedetermined by combining point scores from allcategories in the Challenge. Other prizes aredetermined on separate or combinationcategory totals. PLEASE NOTE THEJUDGES’ DECISION IS FINAL.1r. Cars will be handed into race control 10minutes before racing commences.1s. Cars once handed over to Race Officials mustnot be handled by anyone except on theexplicit instructions of the Race Official. TheRace Official will instruct team members onthe handling of their car on the track.1t. The Challenge is open to all secondaryschools, excluding employees and theirfamilies of Irish Computer Society, agents oranyone else professionally connected with thispromotion1u. The top teams at the Regional Finals fromeach Category will be invited to challengeother teams from around the country at theNational Final. The Overall Winner of theNational Final has the option to representIreland at the International Final. If for somereason the National winning team cannotattend the International Finals second choicewill be at the discretion of the organisers.1v. ICS and its partners may require the use ofthe Team car and/or portfolio and displayitems for media and promotional purposes.Teams agree to allow ICS to the use of theseas required post events.1w. Tolerances for all specifications.Dimension tolerance is +/- 0.1mmWeight tolerance is +/- 0.5 grams.See page 17 and 18 of this documentwhich illustrates the application ofsome of the following rules.2. Body & Side Pod RegulationsAll cars must comply with the following minimumand maximum dimensions.2a. Full body lengthMin: 170mm / Max: 210mm(Measured between front & rear extremitiesof the body)2b. Body height above the trackMin: 3mm / Max: 15mm(Excluding eyelets, but including side podsand wings. Measured from track surface tothe car body) -This applies to the undersideof the car measured between the axles andside pods including the slot.2c. Width at side podsMin: 50mm / Max: 65mm(The completed design must include 2 sidepods. These are measured from side to sideof the car body. The side pods are defined asa feature on the car between the front andrear wheels that exists between the 50mmminimum and 65mm maximum tolerances.Any part less than a width of 50mm isconsidered to be the car body only. Viewedfrom the side, a side pod must present asurface measuring not less than 30mm wideby 15mm high. A sticker of this size will beapplied and must be 100% visible from theside view)2d. Total car width, including wheelsMin: 60mm / Max: 85mm(Measured between outside edges of thewheels or body, whichever is widest)2e. Body weight without the CO 2 cartridgeMin: 55.0grams2f. No part of the body or side pods should beless than 3.5mm thick. All edges must have aradius of at least 1.5mm when the adjoiningsurfaces angle is less than 90°2g. Maximum body height(including aerofoils) - 60mm2h. The car body including side pods, must bemachined from a single piece of balsa wood.2i. No implants or hidden voids in the car bodyare allowed.2j. A driver cockpit/driver is an optional feature.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 12

RULES & REGULATIONS2. Body & Side Pod Regulations2k. Viewed from the top, a projected rectangularsurface of 30 X 50mm minimum must exist inthe area bounded by the side pad extremities.3. Wheel Regulations3a. All F1 cars must have 4 wheels, two at thefront, two at the rear and all wheels must becylindrical and must fit the following criteria.3b. Front wheel diameterMin: 26 / Max: 34mm(Measured to the extreme outer edges of eachwheel)3c. Front wheel widthMin: 15 / Max: 19mm(At surface contact point. Measured betweenthe extreme edges)3d. Rear wheel diameterMin: 26 / Max: 34mm(Measured to the extreme outer edges of eachwheel)3e. Rear wheel widthMin: 15 / Max: 19mm(At surface contact point. Measured betweenthe extreme edges)3f. All four wheels must touch the racing surfaceat the same time.3g. Wheel dimensions must be consistent withthe whole diameter/circumference of the wheel+/- 0.1mm3h. A school/college may manufacture their ownwheels as long as they fit with the setspecifications. Ball bearings are permitted andwheel material is unrestricted.4. Wheel RegulationsThe wheels are not allowed to be inside the carbody and 100% of the wheel should be visible fromthe wheels top view and side view.4a. Front wheel visible(From the plan / side view)4b. Rear wheel visible(From the plan / side view)5. Power Plant RegulationsThe event organisers will provide all CO 2 cartridgesfor the regional finals and national final.5a. CO 2 cartridge chamber diameterMin: 19.5mm +/- 0.5mm5b. Lowest point of chamber to the track surfaceMin: 22.5 / Max: 30mm(Measured from track surface to lowest surfacepart of the CO 2 chamber.)5c. Depth of holeMin: 50 / Max: 60mm5d. Wall thickness around cartridgeMin: 3.5mm(Clear space surrounding the CO 2 cartridgebelow 3mm and the car will not be allowed torace and lose marks accordingly.)5e. No paint is allowed inside the chamber(please seal off or protect the chamber whilepainting)(Please note if a large amount of paint is in thechamber the car may be unable to race andbe disqualified.)6. Tether Line Guide Regulations6a. Each car must have 2 (two) screw eyes/plastic inserts/tether line guides firmlysecured at the front and rear of the carbody, running along the car body basecentreline. The track string must passthrough the two screw eyes/plastic inserts.6b. Screw eyes/tether line guides must notmake contact with the racing surface.6c. Inside diameter of screw eye / plasticinsertMin: 3.5mm / Max: 5mm(Referring to the hole in the screw eye/plastic insert itself. Teams can make theirown inserts if required)F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 13

RULES & REGULATIONS6. Tether Line Guide Regulations6d. Distance apart (at farthest pointMin: 120 / Max: 190mm(The longest distance between the outside edgeof the screw eye or tether line guides)6e. Glue may be used to secure the screw eyes/plastic inserts.6f. Teams must make sure that the screw eye holesare tightly closed to prevent the string fromslipping out of the screw eyes. This should bedone prior to registration at an event.7. Aerofoil Regulations7a. The design of the completed R-TYPE carshould resemble an actual F1 car throughinclusion of an aerofoil on the front nose of thecar and an aerofoil to the rear of the car. Toassist with scrutineering—the surface definingboth Front and Rear Aerofoil's could be painteda different colour from the rest of thesurrounding car OR identified clearly on thedimensional drawing.7b. The front aerofoil and rear aerofoil may bemachined from a separate non-metallic materiale.g. ABS. This applies also to supportingstructures. The car body must be machinedfrom a single piece of balsa wood.The front aerofoil and any part of the carforward of the vertical centerline of the front axlecan be made from a separate non-metallicmaterial.7c. Front / Rear Aerofoil SpanMin: 40 / Max: 65mm(Where the aerofoil is intersected by the carbody, the span is the sum of the two parts. Themeasurement is made parallel to the tracksurface, on the top or bottom surface of theaerofoil, which ever is shortest (see diagram).7d. Front / Rear Aerofoil ChordMin: 15 / Max: 25mm(The aerofoil chord minimum/maximumdimensions must be within the dimensions thatdefine the aerofoil span width).7. Aerofoil Regulations (continued)7e. Front Aerofoil ThicknessMin: 1.5mm / Max: 12mm(The aerofoil thickness minimum/maximumdimensions must be within the dimensions thatdefine the aerofoil span and wing chord)7f. Rear Aerofoil ThicknessMin: 1.5mm / Max: 12mm(The aerofoil thickness minimum / maximumdimensions must be within the dimensions thatdefine the aerofoil span and wing chord).Please note: Balsa wood aerofoils / wingsbelow 3mm will be susceptible to breakage.7g. The whole of the Front Aerofoil when viewedfrom the side must be in front of the centreline of the front axle.7h. The whole of the Rear Aerofoil when viewedfrom the side must be behind of the centreline of the rear axle.7i. IMPORTANT: The bottom surface of the RearAerofoil must be higher than the highest pointof the rear wheel when measured normal tothe track surface.8. Car Repair Regulations8a. No repair or maintenance on entries will beallowed after the entries have been registeredwith Track Officials without permission of theEvent Coordinator.8b. If an entry becomes damaged during theevent, and the damage is determined by theofficials to be related to engineeringdeficiencies the car may be repaired. This isthe only reason that a team should be allowedto tamper with their car after registration. Anyrepair to the car will result in a single 5 pointpenalty. This penalty is applied against totalpoints awarded for that race event categoryand can only be incurred once. If the officialsdetermine the damage is not related toengineering deficiencies, repairs orreplacement with an identical back-up car willbe allowed without penalty.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 14

RULES & REGULATIONS8. Car Repair Regulations8c. Damage incurred during a race, before the carcrosses the finish line (e.g. wheel, wing, screweye or any other part of the car separating fromthe entry) will result in a DNF (Did Not Finish)race result.8d. All damage issues and related decisions are tobe decided by the race track officials,scrutineers and referred to the Chair of judgesif necessary.9. Complaints Procedure9a. All complaints regarding racing trackmarshalling and/or illegal cars should bereported by 15:00 all other complaints/issues by12:00, on the day of the final, to the EventCoordinator directly. We cannot considerchanges to procedures after these times. Anycomplaints after this time should be made inwriting to the Event Coordinator and will bedealt with after the close of the event.10. Competition Categories10.a Entry to the Qualifying Stage will be opento all schools and entry is free. Each schoolcan enter as many teams as they wish, but amaximum of two teams from each category(Junior / Senior Cycle) will be allowed toprogress through to the Regional Finals. TheQualifying Stage will be judged on criteria asper details in this document under theQualifying Stage heading on pages 8 and 9.10b. There are 2 levels of entry and 2 car types:Junior CycleªSenior Cycle bD-Type car design onlyD-Type car design orR-Type car design cNote: ª Students must be in 1 st to 3 rd year ofsecondary school in present year of Challengeb Students must be in Transition, 5 th or 6 th yearof secondary school in present year ofChallengecIf it is your school’s third time to enter theChallenge and your team is a Senior Cycleteam, you must design the R-Type car.10c. There will be a separate awards asdetailed under ―Team Prizes and Awards’ onpage 10 of this document. Awards are at thediscretion of the judges.Please register your teams onlineNote: Only one representative i.e. teacher willescort the winning team on any trips, so pleaseensure correct name of teacher is registered.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 15

RULES & REGULATIONS11. Race Regulations 11. Race Regulations (continued)11a. Race ProceduresFor the 2009-10 Competition there will be threetypes of races conducted at the following stages:Regional Finals:1. Time Trials (Automatic Launch Mode)(80 Marks)2. Reaction Time Racing (Manual/DriverLaunch Mode)(20 Marks)National Finals:1. Time Trials (Automatic Launch Mode)(80 Marks)2. Reaction Time Racing (Manual/DriverLaunch Mode)(10 Marks)3. Knock-out Competition Racing (Manual/Driver Launch Mode).(10 Marks)Time Trials and Reaction Time Racing will occur atRegional Finals. Knock-out racing will only occur atthe National Finals of the competition in April 2010.11d. Knock-out CompetitionThese races will be conducted during theNational Final Competition Day as per theevent schedule. Ranking from Reaction TimeRacing results will determine where teamsstart in the knock-out rounds. At theconclusion of Reaction Time Racing, all teamswill be ranked from fastest to slowest todetermine each team’s Knock-Out Racingseeded position. All team members need tobe at the race track during their scheduledtimes. Each car will be raced (manual/driverlaunch mode), once in each lane. The singlefastest time posted from these 2 races(reaction time PLUS actual car start line tofinish line time), will determine the winner forthat knock-out race and advance to the nextknock-out round.11b. Time Trials (80 Marks)These will be conducted over the course of theCompetition Day as per the judging schedule.Team members need to be at the race trackduring their scheduled race times. Each car willbe raced at least once in each lane of the racetrack. The single fastest time recorded by eachteam during racing (Time Trials and ReactionTime Racing) will be used to determine themarks they are awarded for time trials, up to amaximum of 80 marks.11c. Reaction Time RacingThese races will be conducted during theCompetition Day as per the judging schedule. Allteam members need to be at the race trackduring their scheduled time. Each car will beraced once in each lane. The single fastest totalrace time recorded (reaction time PLUS actualcar start line to finish line time), by each team willbe used to determine the marks they areawarded for Reaction Time Racing.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 16

RULES COMPLIANCE DRAWINGNote: Diagram above and over, illustrate where rules apply as per pages 12—14 of this documentF1 in Schools Technology Challenge 17

RULES COMPLIANCE DRAWINGF1 in Schools Technology Challenge 18

MARKING CRITERIATotal (Team) Marks available = 300.1. SpecificationsMinimum and maximum dimensions.Key FeaturesPoints AwardedFew regulations & dimensions within tolerance LOW: 1-6Some regulations & dimensions within tolerance MEDIUM: 7-13Most or all regulations & dimensions within tolerance HIGH: 14-202. Design PortfolioInitial ideas through to design development, testing and valuation.Key FeaturesLimited ideas, developed one idea, minimal testingand review of the brief and specifications.Team presents a range of ideas. Developing andmodeling some of those ideas. Some evidence oftesting. Evaluation at key points in the designprocess. Evidence of some other aspects includingmarketing and sponsorship.Points AwardedLOW: 1-13MEDIUM: 14-26Presents a range of ideas from all team members anddeveloped several ideas and models. Evaluation of allaspects of the design process, throughout the designportfolio. Evidence of a range of activities notincluding, but for example: marketing, sponsorship,graphic design, project-management.HIGH: 27-403. Team Design for F1 CarFinished product and team graphic identity.Key FeaturesPoints AwardedSimple idea with limited graphic identity. LOW: 1-10Realistic design with adequate graphic identity,featuring in other areas of the team’s work.Realistic and imaginative idea with a strong graphicidentity, featuring in all aspects of the team’s work.MEDIUM: 11-20HIGH: 21-30F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 19

MARKING CRITERIA4. Use of CAD and ICTUse of each application, quality of work produced.Graphic technique.Key FeaturesPresents sufficient information and satisfies the entryrequirements. Limited use of ICT in other areas of theteam’s work. Adequate use of CAD/CAM showing theprocess through to manufacture.Presents information in an organised, clear coherentmanner, uses ICT appropriately in more than onearea and may have limited web content. Good use ofCAD/CAM showing a detailed step by step processfrom design through to manufacture. Good use ofpresentation tools.Presents information in a well organised and logicalmanner. Used ICT appropriately and skillfully formultiple aspects of the project and projectmanagement and developed a well designed projectwebsite. Excellent use of CAD/CAM as above,showing an excellent understanding of CAD/CAM.Points AwardedLOW: 1-16MEDIUM: 17-33HIGH: 34-505. Quality of ManufactureUse of materials and equipment.Making products in quantity.Key FeaturesPoints AwardedFinal car design is similar to original design proposal(final 3D rendering), symmetrical in form andreasonable quality finish on the car body.LOW: 1-10Final car design matches the original design proposal(final 3D rendering), symmetrical in form and goodquality finish on the car body and graphics.MEDIUM: 11-20High quality final car design, identical to proposeddesign, symmetrical in form and excellent finish onthe car body and graphics.HIGH: 21-30F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 20

MARKING CRITERIA6. Verbal PresentationQuality of PresentationTeam workUse of visual aidsKey FeaturesInformative presentation covering some aspects ofthe design process and how the team organisedthemselves. Some members of the team spoke in anenthusiastic way and gave an interesting presentation.Some use of visual aids.Very informative presentation covering most aspectsof the design process and how the team organizedthemselves. Most members of the team spoke withenthusiasm and gave a very interesting presentation.Used different visual aids.Points AwardedLOW: 1-10MEDIUM: 11-20Very informative, concise presentation covering allaspects of the design process and how the team organisedthemselves. All members of the team took aturn to speak, they enthused about their achievementsand gave an excellent presentation. Used visualaids in an imaginative way.HIGH: 21-307. Time TrialsFastest Time (from all races).Key FeaturesPoints AwardedPoints awarded for position in time trials. LOW: 1-26Points awarded for position in time trials. MEDIUM: 27-52Points awarded for position in time trials. HIGH: 53-808. Reaction TimesMeasuring reaction time.Key FeaturesPoints AwardedPoints awarded for position in time trials. LOW: 1-6Points awarded for position in time trials. MEDIUM: 7-12Points awarded for position in time trials. HIGH: 13-20Note: At National Finals Stage, 10 of these overall 20 Marks will be transferred for the Knock-out round.F1 in Schools Technology Challenge 21

Specification Sheet D-Type Championship Season 2009/10Team Name: ........................................................... School Name: ...............................................Level of Entry (Age category) □ Junior Cycle □ Senior CycleDesigned using: ................................................................................................Manufactured at (venue): .................................................................................Manufactured on (CNC machine): .....................................................................BODY DIMENSIONS3a. Body Length3b. Body Height including wheels3c. Body width at axles, front and back3d. Body total width including wheelsMEASUREMENT VALUE (mm)WEIGHT (g)3e. Body weight without the CO 2 cartridgeWHEEL DIMENSIONSMEASUREMENT VALUE (mm)4c. Front wheel diameter4d. Front wheel width (at surface contact point)4e. Rear wheel diameter4f. Rear wheel width (at surface contact point)5a.5b.WHEEL TO BODY DIMENSIONSFront wheel visible (from the side/planview)Rear wheel visible (from the side/planview)MEASUREMENT VALUE (YES/NO)POWER PLANT6a. CO 2 cartridge chamber diameter6b.Lowest point of chamber to the racing tracksurface6c. Depth of hole6d. Wall thickness around cartridgeMEASUREMENT VALUE (mm)SCREW EYES7c. Inside diameter of screw eye7d. Distance apart (at farthest point)MEASUREMENT VALUE (mm)This specification sheet does not apply for the R-Type class. Separate specification sheets are available foreach class.Measurement tolerance limits + 0.1mmWeight tolerance + 0.5gm

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