Mirani SHS quintet gets a shot at miniature F1 car nationals
THEY have the need for speed - in a miniature form.
A group of Mirani State High School boys are getting ready to race a miniature F1 car they built at a national competition in Canberra.
The Year 10 students - Isaac Connelly, Jackson Meech, Shannon Leahy, Ethan Grech and Zac Morrison - have been working for more than a year to get to this point.
Racing their car in Brisbane last October, the boys won first place, landing them a shot at the nationals, where they will represent Queensland.
Competing against Year 11 and 12 students, their teacher Kirschty Birt was proud of their efforts.
"These kids are just 14 years old," she said.
"I'm hopeful that they'll win some class (at nationals) - like best pit or fastest car."
Team manager Zac Morrison said the team was looking forward to competing in Canberra on March 17. The boys have been working hard to change the design of their car to make it the fastest on the track.
"We've improved it a lot," Zac said.
The car is 17cm long, made out of balsa wood and powered by a Co2 canister.
If they take out first place in March they'll go on to compete at worlds, in Abu Dhabi.
All four boys took on the project because of their keen interest in IT and engineering.
But they haven't done it alone. Businesses in Mackay, including Porters, SDV and EHS have sponsored the boys and lent them their expertise to help them with their car.