GSK-McLaren Pit Stop Challenge

    The GSK-McLaren Pit Stop Challenge is now closed. 


In 2013 we teamed up with the McLaren Group and McLaren Mercedes Formula One Team to look at the science behind Formula OneTM. Our joint National Schools Challenge got students across the UK investigating how science can help Formula OneTM drivers improve their reaction times.

This year we have teamed up once again and this time we’re asking 11-14 year old students to take on the GSK-McLaren Pit Stop Challenge!

See what last year’s finalists got up to …your students could be there too this year.


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The GSK-McLaren Pit Stop Challenge

Can your students use science to help the McLaren Mercedes Formula One Team pit crew stay at the top of their game throughout the Grand Prix race season? Enter by   4 April 2014 for a once in a lifetime chance to visit GSK’s brand new Human Performance Lab and the McLaren Technology Centre, and see first-hand how the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths are brought together to help create a winning team. 


Every second counts

The McLaren Mercedes Formula One Team pit crew practice hard to get their rapid routine perfect. The quicker they work, the faster cars are back on the race track – but there is no room for error. When every second counts, consistent performance is crucial to winning the race.

Formula OneTM is an international sport and takes place in 30 different countries – places like Brazil, Singapore, Canada and Australia. As the crew travels across the globe during the Grand Prix season they face challenges that put their careful preparation under strain:

  • Jet lag

  • Sleep deprivation and tiredness

  • Lack of exercise

  • Heat and humidity 

  • Changes in diet

  • Not drinking enough water

Check out our pit crew video to find out more about the challenges they face.


The prize

On 20 May 2014 all shortlisted teams will be invited to GSK’s brand new Human Performance Lab (HPL), launched autumn 2013 to present to a panel of expert judges and be crowned champions of the GSK-McLaren Pit Stop Challenge, 2014. The GSK Human Performance Lab is a world class science facility dedicated to breaking through the limits of human performance.

Detail HPL

The winners and two runner-up teams will be invited to the McLaren Technology Centre on 11 June 2014 for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the world-leading facilities, plus have the opportunity to meet some of the most important people in the world of motorsport.

The winning team will also receive £1000 worth of school vouchers for new science equipment.

When is it all happening?

Entries must reach us by email by Friday 4 April 2014. No entries can be accepted after this date.

  • Shortlisted teams will be contacted on Friday 2 May 2014 and will have three weeks to prepare their presentation. 
  • All shortlisted teams will be invited to come to the Human Performance Lab on Tuesday 20 May 2014 to present their idea.
  • The three finalist teams will be invited to visit the McLaren Technology Centre on Wednesday 11 June 2014.
  • All entries will be judged based on the judging criteria, which can be found on the How to Enter page.

Find out more about the competition and how to enter!

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