The challenge—Develop a Formula 1 car model in three months.
The dream—Compete at the F1 in Schools™ Technology Challenge World Finals in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and win the 2014 World's Best Newcomer Team prize.
The team—Eight high school students from Colégio Bandeirantes of São Paulo, Brazil, formed Team Força Canindé: Gabriel Saruhashi, team leader; Cristina Liu, development and testing manager; Rafael Kaminski, project engineer; Thomas Giordano, marketing manager; Francisco Tada, resource manager; Pedro de Oliveira, commercial director; Cristóbal Sciutto, aerodynamicist; and Victoria Moribe, graphic designer.
There wasn't much time for the Brazilian team to prepare for the F1 in Schools World Finals—a global multidisciplinary challenge where students ages 9 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyze, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed-air-powered balsa wood F1 cars.
Following a strict regimen of dedication, these students developed each project section in record time. From forming a team identity by designing a logo and uniform to forming strategic partnerships and collaborations for engineering and aerodynamics, each team member played a crucial role in this car model's development.
This was "a truly life-changing experience, meeting incredible people, and learning how to manage such a complex endeavor from scratch," said Cristobal Sciutto, son of Infor Brazil senior product director Lisandro Sciutto.
The Brazilian national F1 in Schools tournament was held three weeks before the World Finals competition. Exceeding expectations and defeating tough competition, Team Força Canindé won the national tournament, became Brazil's representative in the World Finals, and headed to Abu Dhabi to compete on a global stage.
More than 35 teams of three to six students from 24 countries competed Nov 16-19 in Abu Dhabi in the F1 in Schools World Finals.
And the dream came true—Team Força Canindé was voted World's Best Newcomer Team.
"The team's results surprised everyone, including the event organizers," said Cristobal. "After all of the hurdles we overcame, achieving the result of Best Newcomer Team was really satisfying."
"In such a short window of time, we proved to the world and to ourselves that a group of teenagers can accomplish the impossible," said team leader Gabriel Saruhashi.
F1 in Schools says challenging students to design a better, faster, and cooler F1 car of the future is about "inspiring students to use IT to learn about physics, aerodynamics, design, manufacture, branding, graphics, sponsorship, marketing, leadership/teamwork, media skills and financial strategy, and apply them in a practical, imaginative, competitive and exciting way."
"It seems unbelievable now, but I am very proud," said Brazil's F1 in Schools country coordinator Manoel Belem. "These students made me realize my poor imagination. They provided me with one of the biggest excitements of my life: sharing knowledge. I know this project will help them become leaders in this new collaborative economy."
Infor was a premium sponsor for Team Força Canindé. This sponsorship helped cover enrollment in the challenge, team travel costs, and car design improvement. Infor is also an official supplier of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team and has a long-term business collaboration with Ferrari. Infor software has been instrumental for one of the most respected automotive brands in the world.
"We are so grateful to Infor for believing in our potential. If not for our sponsors and collaborators, we wouldn't have made it so far," Gabriel said.