Design and build your own race car in the MAHLE F1 School Challenge!

Design and build your own race car in the MAHLE F1 School Challenge!

The MAHLE School Challenge is back and calling all budding engineers! Are you in Grade 7 OR Grade 9? You and your friends could design, build and race your own scaled race car and stand a chance at claiming the winning title!


F1 in Schools Challenge is a multi-disciplinary challenge dubbed ‘the world’s most exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) based educational project’. The excitement of Formula 1 is brought into the classroom by challenging learners to contextualise their learnt theories and knowledge to real life in a creative, engaging and problem-solving project of designing and engineering scaled cars to be judged, on a multitude of categories and then raced to determine the ultimate winner. Click here to view the 2019 competition highlights!


Primary School Teams (Grade 7) and High School Teams (Grade 9) will collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered paper for Grade 7 learners and composite for Grade 9 learners F1 vehicles.

Each team will have 6 members and this challenge will inspire learners to use IT (CAD/CAM software) to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork and apply them in a practical, imaginative competitive and exciting way.

Teams will be judged on car speed, as well as supporting evidence of their design, verbal presentation and marketing display stand in ‘‘the pits”.

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