BUDDING engineers will race against the clock to get their model cars ready for the F1 in the Schools Technology Challenge national titles.
Chifley College and Plumpton High School will steer Mount Druitt onto the national stage as two of the 15 teams to compete in Geelong in February next year.
Both teams work under the guidance of Mount Druitt TAFE engineering teacher Matt Snape.
Chifley College Dunheved student Tyler Holmes teamed up with Shalvey campus students Josh Maddison, Jesse Patterson, Josh Neal and Matthew Bartlett to form the Red Shots.
The team finished second at the recent state titles with their car was only 0.2 seconds slower than the world record.
Red Shots hope to smash the record at the national titles.
Team Phoenix 5 from Plumpton came third and was granted a wildcard entry to the nationals, which is about more than just racing cars.
Plumpton High School teacher Stuart Thomson believes his team can move to the world events.
Phoenix 5 consists of team manager Cameron Huff, Adeel Shams, Alvin Kumar, Samarth Gorwadia and Muneeb Zahid
"They competed against schools with more resources.
"I'm proud of the initiative the boys have taken. It's given them confidence and increased their knowledge of the processes involved, creating career pathways," Mr Thompson said.
There will be nine categories at the nationals.
"We hope to do well in a few, including innovation and knock out racing," Mr Thompson said.
It's the first time Plumpton has participated in the challenge.