GCSE pupils set to fly to a Formula 1 Grand Prix to compete in a world finals school competition have appealed for sponsors to make their podium dreams come true.

Just as the high-speed racing cars of Ferrari and Mercedes are coated in popular brands to fund the expensive tech – which costs about £10million in total – students from Denbigh High School need sponsors to build their own life-sized vehicles.

Team Quantum was crowned Welsh champions of the F1 in Schools competition in March after they designed, engineered and marketed their own racing car. The annual UK event aims to engage secondary school pupils in STEM subjects through Formula 1, in which science, technology, engineering and mathematics play a key role in building the fastest car to win races.

Now year 10 pupils Zara Addis, Tom Fishwick, Hollie Lloyd and Libby Chapman will travel to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the F1 in Schools World Champions trophy at the start of December.

However each of the 10 final teams have been tasked with fundraising ahead of the event and Team Quantum need to gather a further £8,000 to meet their £30,000 target. The sum would cover the costs of their research, development and manufacture of the car, and they will even need to create a pit-stop display and their own multimedia brand including a team uniform, marketing and publicity.

Monies raised will also pay for the registration fee, travel, freight transport and expensive accommodation in the Middle East capital.

Hollie, Team Quantum manager, said: “We are so excited for this unbelievable chance to compete in the 2019 World Final. It has been an amazing journey so far and we have learnt so much about engineering and business.

“Although we are getting closer to our target, there is still a way to go. We are appealing to local organisations, business owners and anyone who would like to contribute to the project to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We can offer a range of sponsorship options to suit all potential investors, including logo exposure on our new uniforms.”

Sponsors already on board include Gaia Technologies, Crabb Engineering, CamGas, Blackham Transfers, GRW, and Principle Engineering, while the team was recently invited to Anglesey Circuit where they received donations.

Gareth Jones, head of design and technology at Denbigh High School, said: “As a school we are extremely proud of the students’ achievements so far and we are offering them every opportunity to succeed when representing our country in the World Finals.”

To sponsor Quantum, email f1teamquantum@gmail.com to receive an ROI (return on investment) package or call Mr Jones on 078726 13853.