Earlier in November, 18 budding Young Engineers worked with two Graduate Engineers from Lockheed-Martin in Ampthill to design and build model cars that were as aerodynamically efficient as possible. They also looked at engineering career paths and the kind of projects that Lockheed-Martin are involved in.
The car models were tested in a small wind tunnel before the boys had a lecture about the five different types of drag that impact on fast moving objects. They then made an 'improved' version of their car, which was tested again.
The most efficient car was 'Blue Streak', with a drag coefficient of 0.056. The designers were Sam C, Tom B and Jamie M-S.
The most improved car was 'Motls', which went from a drag coefficient of 1.114 to 0.057. The designers were Henry K, Jacob S and Charlie U.