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13 März 2023 Von: F1® in Schools

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The Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals 2023 will begin a new era of F1® in Schools car design with rule changes introduced to reflect advances in the design of Formula 1® cars. These include a halo device, wider wheels and more intricate front and rear wings. 
A halo device will be mandatory for all cars entered into the World Finals, with teams being given a standard CAD file for this part to be incorporated into their design and produced on a 3D printer. The new rule brings the F1® in Schools cars in line with their real-world F1® counterparts, which must also have this critical safety device. In addition, the F1® in Schools teams will have to represent the driver with the inclusion of a miniature helmet in the cockpit courtesy of Racing Force International. 

The cars in Singapore will feature wider wheels, a change that Formula 1® made for the 2022 season that created new challenges for the F1® teams in their designs. The new rule introduced for the F1® in Schools cars will increase the minimum wheel width. 
From 2023 the technical regulations will allow multi-plane front and rear wing assemblies as we see on today’s F1® cars.  Teams will also be given the optional challenge of designing the nose cone assembly as a detachable part that can be changed in under 60 seconds. 
Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals Chair of Judges, Gary Anderson, is a former Formula 1® Technical Director and has been the mastermind behind the rule changes. He explains: “F1 in Schools is a microcosm of the world of F1, so it is important for our competition to continue evolving and mirroring the sport wherever possible. 
“The changes we have made are a mix of aerodynamic and aesthetic. The halo, whilst not needing to protect an F1 driver in the F1 in Schools competition, reflects the modern day F1 car. It will also have an impact on the aerodynamics of the F1 in Schools car, so it will present the teams with a new challenge in their designs. 
“Giving the teams the scope to design multi-plane wings also challenges them to research the aerodynamics of different structures and develop their own solutions. Increasing the minimum width of the wheels is another move that is similar to that introduced in F1 last year. We saw in the sport the impact that it had in so many areas of the car design and our F1 in Schools teams will also need to review their designs and develop it to meet our new regulations.
He adds: “We always want to have a level playing field when teams are competing at the highest level of F1 in Schools, so bringing in new rules will require teams to evolve previous designs or, if they prefer, start from scratch.”
The Aramco F1® in Schools World Final, the pinnacle event of the leading global STEM initiative, takes place from 8–14 September, alongside the FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX 2023. 
The 2023 edition of the Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals will be the 18th World Finals event running, bringing together outstanding young STEM talents from around the globe, with the student teams already having achieved success in national competitions. 
The Aramco F1® in Schools World Finals 2023 Finals take place with the assistance of a host of partners and supporters. F1® in Schools thanks Aramco, Denford, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, Mitutoyo, Singapore Grand Prix, Autodesk, FIA Girls on Track/Motorsport UK, City University London and FIA Women in Motorsport.