A COMPANY in Huddersfield making industrial fans has breezed in to help a team of would-be racing car engineers.
Woodcock and Wilson, based at Crosland Hill, donated one of its special fans to help a student team competing in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge build a wind tunnel to test the aerodynamics of their car designs.
The three-strong team from the Gryphon School in Dorset have put the wind tunnel to good use in the run-up to competing in the F1 in Schools world championship, which takes place in Malaysia in March. The team won the UK championship last year.
F1 in Schools aims to encourage youngsters to consider careers in engineering, science and technology by setting them the challenge to design, build, test and race small Formula 1 style cars made from balsa wood and powered by a small CO2 cartridge.
More than 7m students in 26 countries took part in the competition last year.
Woodcock and Wilson, which was set up 35 years ago, designs and makes a variety of fans for heating and ventilation, air pollution control and the petrochemical and process engineering industries. It also has a contract fan servicing and maintenance division.