Ireland's Winning F1 Team in 2016

Eddie's Rocket is in Austin to win!

  Hurricane Racing

Who Are We?

Six hard-working and committed transition year students from The Marist College In Athlone.

What we are doing?

We are taking our award winning Formula 1 concept car to represent Ireland in the finals of an international F1 competition in Texas, USA; and we’re going there to win!
Throughout the school year, and summer break, we developed skills and competency in complex mathematics (and engineering fundamentals) to design and refine our winning F1 car, Eddie's Rocket. Our c.300mm car will be propelled down a 20m track in Austin by a single pressurised CO2 canister. We have designed, modelled, and built the car with the smoothest bearings, most appropriate materials, and most efficient aerodynamic profile.

How we’re doing?

Most innovative team’ in Ireland with trophies for the fastest car and best use of ICT & CAD; and a place on the starting grid in Austin, Texas in October. We have our place in the finals, we just need your help to get us there!

How we are doing it?

Enthusiasm, dedication, perseverance, education, hard work, and your sponsorship.

  Design Engineer

Darren O’Hara Duggan

Darren, the engineer, developed skills in Computer Aided Design [CAD] and Computational Fluid Dynamics [CFD] to model multiple innovative versions of the car.

Darren O’Hara Duggan

 CAD/CAM Engineer

Ciarán McDermott

Ciarán, the mechanic, uses Computer Aided Manufacturing [CAM] to construct our car exactly as intended in the Computer Aided Design [CAD] model. He is responsible for 3D printing, CNC machining, assembly, finishing, and physically testing the car.

Ciarán McDermott

  Graphic Designer

Joe Reidy

Joe, the artist, is responsible for designing our portfolio, pit display, and promotional material. He uses a range of design software to professionaly present our team and car.

Joe Reidy

  Resource Manager

Tom O’Carroll

Tom, the quartermaster, ensures that all the finances are kept in order. He manages our resources - including sponsors, collaborators, and the most important resource of all, the team.

Tom O’Carroll

Project Manager

Cian McBrearty

Cian, the coordinator, ensures the team operates effectively and efficiently together, keeping to deadlines. Cian works with all team members to achieve the highest quality work.

Cian McBrearty

 Marketing Manager

Jamie McManus

Jamie, the broadcaster, markets our team & car to the public. He manages the various social media accounts & ensures that the team is represented effectively.

Jamie McManus

  The Car

Eddie's Rocket

Our car, Eddie's Rocket, is the product of thousands of hours of design, testing, development, and evaluation. We developed an aerodynamic quick base model earlier this year and have since improved each individual area of the car using a comprehensive design process.

We took a design based on historical F1 research, analysed it, tested it, and then developed it. Our elaborate system uses two stages of development; virtual analysis and intense physical testing. This balance of virtual and physical testing allowed for improved developments. It also allowed us to constantly test our car in the instance of a physical test malfunctioning. The difference in our world finals car and our national finals car is astronomical.

Our chassis is longer and uses a teardrop design to improve overall aerodynamics. We utilised the coanda effect in our side and rear pods to reduce all drag present about our rear wheels which was the goal we wanted our side section of the car to achieve.

We also developed a multifunctional front wing which diverts as much air as possible away from the front wheel in an elaborate design. We maximised the potential of our rear wing design by using a NACA 0006 wing. As well as our car being designed to perfection, we manufactured our car to perfection. Through our experience with working with manufacturing leaders, we manufactured our car exact to the design.

  Our Journey

Hurricane Racing was formed in September 2015, to enter the 'F1 in Schools' competition.

We designed an F1 car, modelled it, refined it, 3D printed it, assembled it, tested it, raced it, won the all-Ireland title.

As with all F1 competitions, we were required to raise the money to take our car to the world finals at the US Gran Prix, in October. We did this with the help and support of our sponsors, friends, and families.

  Our School

A Note From Our Principal

This is a really exciting time in the life of the Marist College, Athlone. It is an occasion where our students have brought the Marist to the world stage. We in the Marist always encourage our students to achieve their potential and in this instance of our Formula One Team this has certainly been the case. The joy felt within the college at the success of the team is immeasurable. Their achievement has instilled a great belief in the full student cohort that anything is possible.

Local Impact

Marist College was set up in Athlone in 1884 and has been providing second level education for boys since then. The main aim of our College is to give a holistic eduction to those entrusted to us and to assist them in achieving their full potential. Now it is necessary for us to ask your support in helping our F1 team to achieve their potential. We thank you sincerely in advance.

Tony Colgan



  Contact Us?

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Hurricane Racing,
Marist College, Athlone
P: 085 8565522