Students from the King’s School are bound for America after finishing second in the Formula 1 Schools National Final in Silverstone.

Anna Lloyd, Livvy Samson, James McDonagh, Joshua Roberts, Amelia Standing and Edward Everett are the brains behind the Sixth Degree team which also won best engineered car in the UK at the F1 in Schools Silverstone event.

The team will now head to Austin, Texas for the world finals to compete with teams from across the globe including Germany, Korea, South Africa and India.

The competition is to design and make a scale model of a Formula 1 car that will drag race using CO2 canisters down a 20 metre track.

The King’s model was made using 3D computer aided design software at the Wrexham Road independent school and in the build up to Silverstone their car was refined for better aerodynamics.

The competition is not all about racing and the teams must also put together a pit display showing the design and development process of their car and gain sponsorship to help them at various stages of process, which becomes more important as they progress in the competition.

They must also be adept at designing, branding and communicating to succeed.

Support for the team comes from companies including AFYA Sport, Urenco and Design Reality.

If you are interested in sponsoring the team visit

Follow the team’s progress on Twitter: @SixthDegreeF1 and on Facebook.