Nebula Racing gears up for National F1 in school competition

Aarav Shah (14) and Riley McGlue (14) with their State Champions trophy. BACK: Chris Jongue (15) and Caelan Shanahan (15) with a Nebula Racing model F1 car.
Aarav Shah (14) and Riley McGlue (14) with their State Champions trophy. BACK: Chris Jongue (15) and Caelan Shanahan (15) with a Nebula Racing model F1 car.

FOUR aspiring engineers from Wesley College are gearing up to race their miniature Formula One car against the best high school teams around the nation.

Nebula Racing will represent WA at the F1 in Schools National Finals on March 11 – 15 in Victoria after being State champions in the Professional Junior Class at the WA State Final in October last year.

F1 in Schools is the largest secondary school STEM competition worldwide and has students design, manufacture and race miniature Formula One cars along a 20m track.

Nebula Racing consists of Wesley College Year 10 students Riley McGlue (14), Aarav Shah (14), Chris Jongue (15) and Caelan Shanahan (15).

Team manager Riley said they were aiming for an even better reaction time after getting the Best Reaction Time Award at 0.147 seconds.

“From our research, the average human reaction is 0.3 seconds,” he said.

“Last year we met up once a week and lunchtime, at the moment we’re meeting up twice a week.”

Design Engineer Aarav said the team designed the car using CAD software and milled it from a block of balsa wood.

In addition to manufacturing and racing the car, the team has to do their own marketing and public speaking to seek sponsorships and collaborate with industry professionals.

Nebula Racing was also awarded Best Managed Enterprise, Best Team Marketing, Best Team Portfolio, Best Team Verbal Presentation and the Innovation Award at the WA State Finals 2018.