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Issued: 24 March 2004

The Racing Cars Of The Future

An exhibition showcasing Angus pupils' vision of the racing cars of the future is now on at the Angus Digital Media Centre in Brechin.

The creative and engineering talents of pupils from across Angus were taxed in the recent Jaguar F1 challenge, which aims to address the chronic shortage of qualified engineers in the UK by raising the profile of engineering in schools.

It is the Angus entries that are being exhibited at the Digital Media Centre, where the model F1 cars along with the pupils' design portfolios are on show. The exhibition is open to the public, weekdays 10am - 4.30pm from Thursday 25 March to 11 June.

Designing and racing model formula one cars encourages boys and girls alike to use industry standard software and manufacturing techniques in an exciting and innovative way. The F1 Challenge is working to improve the image of the engineering industry and make it appealing and accessible to young people.

In 2003/2004, more than 3,000 students from 350 UK schools took part in regional finals, to gain a place at the Grand Final. From this the top 20 teams from around the UK attended the national final at which Carnoustie High School (senior team) won the best designed car and will be representing Scotland at the international event in October.