PALMETTO, Fla. — Palmetto High School's "F1 in Schools" Racing Team is gearing up to add a World Championship to their trophy case, and why not? They already won at the United States Nationals earlier this year.
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The P1nnacle team from Palmetto High designs and markets miniaturized, CO2-powered race cars, manufactures them using 3D printers, and then races them in competition around the world.
It's all part of "F1 in Schools," a global educational program aimed at raising awareness of STEM and Formula One racing in students.
“This is really the most beneficial thing anyone our age can do,” says P1nnacle team member Jaxson Bunes.
The team's unique design for their car gives it serious speed. The P1nnacle car can go up to 55 miles per hour, making it the fastest in the country.
“It just feels like we are on top of the world,” says team member Arianna Longo
Earlier this year, the team and their car took First Place at Nationals, held in Austin, Texas. On Tuesday, they are going to represent the United States in the F1 in Schools 2019 World Finals in Abu Dhabi.
“We have worked so hard on this project the whole year, I can’t wait to go on a plane and trust all the work we’ve done,” says member Hunter Raley.
For more information on the P1nnacle group, visit their page online at https://pinnacleracing.us/.