Twenty years of Engineering Design and Innovation

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The Formula SAE competition is an international event hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers, (SAE). The competition requires the next generation of engineering professionals to design and build an open-wheel, formula-style race car.

The culmination of the project occurs when each team takes their car to the regional event, where teams are pitted against other local and international teams in a series of both static and dynamic events, including design, cost, acceleration, one lap sprints and endurance events on an auto-cross style track.

Worldwide there are 8 competitions held each year, one for south-east Asia, held in Melbourne, Australia as well as events held in Japan, Europe, Brazil, and the United States. The Australasian competition has been running since 2000 and attracts approximately 30 teams. FSAE is an amazing opportunity for university students to obtain first-hand experience in project management, teamwork, critical decision making, budget management, application of complex real engineering techniques, and hands-on manufacturing of a high-performance racing car. The project is managed and run entirely by students, and is not possible without the support of our sponsors.

Our team is divided in three into a Technical, Business, and Race Division, in order to facilitate the timeline of our year-long campaign. Within each division, lead by Tech Director Brandon Shaw, Business Director Olivia Atkins, and Race Director Bayden Charlton, exists systems specific to key areas within the team that are required in order to function. The team falls under the leadership of our team Principal Ryan Hollis, who manages our campaign and liaises amongst divisions to ensure harmony and success for the team’s valiant efforts. The project itself would not be possible without our close-knit group of hardworking students; willing to sacrifice their time to contribute and extend their skillset and professional competencies.

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For the late stages of our 2021 driver selection campaign, we visited Sydney Motorsport Park for double header, back-to-back days of time trials. Prospective drivers were put under the pump and showed off what they had. Day one was either a driver’s nightmare or delight. Rain soaked the track, making for a highly entertaining day. … Continue reading Back-to-back!

Team Update!

Track Day 17/02 Wednesday’s track day was a fantastic opportunity for the team to trial a new method for operating track days and dial in our 2019 vehicle after a refresh of our suspension components. After a quick shakedown, we put the communication between our drivers and engineers to the test, dialling in the rebuilt … Continue reading Team Update!

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