Young designers on track

A GROUP of budding engineers from Freeman Catholic College combined their passion for physics and are taking on the nation at the REA F1 Schools challenge.

The Re-Engineering Australia Foundation (REA) learning program encourages students to use technology to design, manufacture and race a miniature gas powered Formula 1 car.

The local group, who have dubbed themselves Neutrino Racing, comprises James Tononcelli, Andrew Bosnjak, Francesco Scopelliti and Mark Passarello.

The team of 17-year-olds share a common interest in physics and have been friends since year 7.

They used a 3D computer software program called Computer Aided Design (CAD) to build a miniature car powered by CO2 compressed air.

The car was tested and can reach the speed of 80 kilometres per hour.

James Tononcelli, who is the team manager, said each member was delegated a job on the project.

"We all had our own thing to work on," he said.

"I was the manager. Mark was in charge of graphics and marketing, Franco covered the research and development and Andrew was the head of engineer, design and making the car.

"We had to do a lot of our own research and taught ourselves a lot of things."

The team is seeking sponsorship for the competition's national finals, which will be held at the Avalon Air Show in Victoria in March.

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