Aflex Hose Centurion Racing

Aflex Hose and Centurion Racing share a common goal of wanting to inspire the next generation of engineers in the local area. Both parties worked together on a Primary School STEM Challenge, with activities centred around designing and racing a car down the F1 in Schools test track. Teams of junior school children, from a number of local schools, added components to a basic car, decorated the car and named and created an image for their team. The cars were then raced and prizes awarded for the fastest car, best designed car, best team identity and fastest reaction time.
Aflex hose provided funding for the 3D printed components used as the base car design and representatives from Aflex Hose participate in the events.
The program is a success and will be continuing into the future.

The 2019 Centurion Team

The F1 in Schools Technology Challenge is a multi-disciplinary challenge open to all secondary schools, sixth form colleges, colleges of further education and other organised youth groups. Teams of 3-6 students aged 11 to 19 deploy CAD/CAM software to collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test, and then race miniature compressed air powered high density foam F1 cars. Teams of 3 – 6 students are judged on car speed, as well as supporting evidence of their design, verbal presentation and marketing display stand in ‘‘the pits”.

Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the following winners

  • Case of Virgin Wine: Ticket 0611:  Lisa at HSL.
  • LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Ticket 0653:  Graham Marr. 
  • Choice of £50 meal voucher Ticket 0106:  Sarah DeWit. 
  • Showcase Cinema Leeds de Lux Gift Pack Ticket 0098:  Catherine Roberts.
  • Monopoly Horrible Histories Ticket 0604:  Susan at HSL. 
  • Hotel Chocolat – The Everything Chocolate Gift Hamper Collection Ticket 0050:  Sheila Topping.
  • Fortnum & Mason Christmas Biscuit Selection in Tin Ticket 0609:  Marie at HSL.
  • Hotel Chocolat – Large Festive Dark Chocolate Wreath Ticket 0617:  Chris Davis at HSL. 
  • Bottle of Prosecco Ticket 0529:  A Bird.
  • Hotel Chocolate – Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar Ticket 0217:  Rebecca Latham.

Fastest Car 2018

F1 in Schools 2019
Centurion Racing...See you at the finish line!

The Centurion Team

Aiming for the winning post...

Laurence Vines

F1 in Schools Learning Experiences
▪ Work experience with Microkerf (2017 sponsor), a laser processing specialist in precision cutting, where he gained in-depth experience of computer modelling, which has been useful in his role as Design Engineer.
▪ Part-time work with sponsor Ellie Sax, operating light and laser displays for social and corporate events. The attention to detail required has proved a useful skill ion the F1 in School’s project.
▪ His role as Team Manager has taken his business skills to the next level and he is now competent at project planning and other aspects of managing a complex, multi-dimensional operation.
▪ He has competence with Trutops, SketchUp and Autodesk Fusion 360 as skills on his CV.
▪ The profile Laurence has been building has led to him gaining work experience placements with the Renault Sport F1 team and the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team.

Grant Torrington

F1 in Schools Learning Experiences
▪ On work experience with team sponsor, Torrington Orthopaedics, he produced a promotional film for the company and worked making 3D renders used as part of the veterinary intervention process.
▪ Grant provided sponsor CHQ access to his videos to use at events and conferences. CHQ reciprocated by explaining which aspects of the videos made them commercially appealing.
▪ In his role as ICT Manager, he provides version control and technical assistance. He redeveloped the team website to have a clean, modern interface which works effectively cross-platform.
▪ As Video Producer, the professional quality and creative vision of his films, led to team sponsor, the Rex Cinema, showing the latest team video before each screening since early September.
▪ His videos have also attracted attention from the award-winning digital production team, Quickfoot Media, who provided Grant with work experience.

Lara Quinn-Beaumont

F1 in Schools Learning Experiences
▪ Work experience with team sponsor Beaumonts 4x4, where she assisting with gearbox disassembly, in addition to business liaison, stock ordering & organising deliveries and . This has been invaluable in her role as Resource Manager.
▪ She guided in her role as Manufacturing Engineer by team partner Stottercliffe Garage. She formed a working partnership with them and collaborating to find solutions to technical challenges.
▪ Lara’s F1 in Schools experience helped her gain work experience at Bristol University’s Mechanical Engineering dept. She built a working Stirling engine, using CAD in design and laser cutting equipment in manufacture.
▪ Lara is an entrepreneur and ran her own small local business. Working in Aflex Hose Centurion Racing has helped to build her teamwork skills.
▪ Lara’s experience on the team is helping her to develop a network of contacts for the future.

Erica Essel

F1 in Schools Learning Experiences
▪ Work experience in the development laboratory of team sponsor, Aflex Hose, performing stress tests on PTFE components. This experience helped her to decide between a career in engineering or in law.
▪ Team Spirit, a dynamic and creative corporate events company and team sponsor, have liaised with Erica on elements of the Pit Display and have provided her with mentoring in both of her roles on the team - PR Manager and Graphics Designer.
▪ Erica has been responsible for creative marketing initiatives with the team, such as the Centurions On Tour and Marketing Miles Campaigns.
▪ Erica was key in organising a full day event at school to celebrate Women in Engineering Day. The aim was to promote STEM to the girls in school; speakers were brought in from industry and a day of engineering-based activities was organised. It was a massive success and has become an annual event on the school calendar.


Browse our history...

Team Inception December 2015

It all began with an idea that Laurence had...and a trip to the headmaster's office.

Regional Finals 2017

3rd Professional Class

National Finals 2017

18th Professional Class
Sponsorship & Marketing

Regional Finals 2018

2nd Professional Class
Innovative Thinking

National Finals 2018

4th Professional Class
Fastest Car
Team Identity
Judges Recommendation

Regional Finals 2019

1st Professional Class
Fastest Car
Best Engineered Car


3rd: Professional Class
Documentation and Social Media

World Finals Abu Dhabi

24-28th November 2019

Part of the Nationals Prize: A day out at Silverstone

Meeting our heroes....

Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors...without you we would not be able to compete.

Thanks to these local businesses who helped too

Rex Cinema - Elland

Showed Grant's video in the trailer section before every performance and collected donations from cinema goers as they left  Thank you so much everyone who contributed.

Our Local Milkman

Delivered leaflets about Aflex Hose Centurion Racing with every delivery of milk to local residents. This certainly helped spread the word.

Sponsoring Aflex Hose Centurion Racing

You can either visit our GoFundMe page or contact us using the form below. Thank you for your interest.

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