Ferrari UK was pleased to present the inaugural "Best Research and Development Award" to Dynamic, an outstanding team of students from St. John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School, Chelmsford, Essex, who were also crowned the UK National Champions at the National Finals of the Formula 1 in Schools Technology Challenge 2011 held this week at the Big Bang Science Fair, ICC London ExCel. Dynamic have a history of success, having won the National Finals in 2010 and are the first team in the UK to take the title for a second time.
The judges rewarded the efforts Dynamic put into the Research and Development of their car, in particular for their innovative approach to designing a new wheel bearing assembly, working in partnership with a local manufacturer to develop it into a viable product and recognising the importance of building strong relationships with specialist suppliers to achieve a goal.
Matteo Torre, Regional Manager for Ferrari UK, commented: "Ferrari leads the way, not only on the track and road, but also in Research and Development, with the company investing more than 15% of its turnover annually in R&D. What Dynamic demonstrated was a clear understanding of how the R&D process is an integral part of the overall production and manufacturing process, working closely with suppliers to create new technologies."
Andrew Denford, Chairman and Founder of F1 in Schools said of this year's entrants, "Every year we see more innovative, more professional, more sophisticated presentations at the National Finals and once again the teams have raised the bar. My congratulations go to Dynamic for taking the title for a second time; they put tremendous effort into their entry, taking heed of the judges' comments at last year's National and World Finals events and it is a testament to their determination to succeed that they achieved their victory and also won the Ferrari R&D Award."Published 18 March 2011