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Team Come and Go launch fundraising bid for F1 in Schools UK final

The team of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor engineering students are targeting the national title after designing the fastest car in the North Wales heats

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor learners have launched a fundraising drive to help finance their bid for national glory.

‘Team Come and Go’, comprising engineering students from the Pwllheli Hafan campus, qualified for next month’s F1 in Schools UK final after their car was the fastest in the regional heats.

The learners have now set up a GoFundMe page, with the aim of raising £1,500 to compete in the event in Rotherham on March 13 and 14.

Engineering lecturer Emlyn Evans said: “Their success in going through to the UK national final requires greater fundraising efforts by the team.

“The next stage of the competition involves registration costs, a new car design, testing and manufacturing that requires more raw materials and resources, presentation displays, plus transport and accommodation for the two-day event.”

To donate to Team Come and Go, visit the GoFundMepage here.

Team Come and Go, comprising Osian, Liam, Jac J, Jack T, Evan, Jack R and Gethin, were one of seven teams representing Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor in this month’s North Wales heats at Denbigh Leisure Centre.

Five of the college’s teams were from the BTEC Level 3 Enhanced General Engineering course, and competed in the development class against Ysgol Tywyn, Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Denbigh, Connah's Quay, Prestatyn and Castell Alun high schools.

The other two were from the BTEC Level 2 General Engineering course for 14-16-year-olds, representing the college as well as their schools Ysgol Glan y Môr, Ysgol Botwnnog and Ysgol Eifionydd.

Starting back in September, the teams designed their cars using computer-aided design package Fusion 360, before manufacturing them on a CNC Denford milling machine.

At the event in Denbigh, they raced the cars four times each over a flat, 20-metre track, reaching speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour.

The teams had to secure sponsorship for their cars from local companies, and were judged not only on how fast their car raced, but also on a verbal presentation to judges, and on their engineering and enterprise portfolios.

Team Come and Go, sponsored by CK Tools and Cwmni Arian Cyf, had the fastest car on the day of the competition, finishing second across all categories behind Team Elan from Denbigh High School, who also qualified for the UK final.

Two other Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor teams won prizes, with ‘Hafan Hamsters’ awarded best engineering and design portfolio, and ‘Yellow Peril’ earning best brand identity.

The college’s teams and sponsors in the development class were: Team Come & Go (sponsored by CK Tools and Cwmni Arian Cyf), Hafan Hamsters (Pace Fire, MAC Fire and Safety, WRP Fire and Safety), Mach 7 (Milliput Dolgellau, Cwt Cybi), Meirionnydd Masters (Automax Motorsport Dolgellau) and Yellow Peril (Deintyddfa Deudraeth, Dyffryn Seaside General Store, Victoria Inn Llanbedr).

Teams and sponsors in the entry level category were: Pwllheli Panthers (Clogau Motors Dolgellau) and Hadron (BEATServices).

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