University of Sydney’s Formula SAE-Australia 2011 results
Tuesday, 20th December 2011
The SAE team are thrilled and more than a little releived to have returned
from Melbourne having placed fourth in the 2011 Formula SAE competition –
an amazing result to end a big year.
This is the fourth year that we have used an Aprilia engine, it seems somehow
appropriate that we should come fourth. The field consisted of 24 local and
overseas teams. Doing well in Australia has to be seen as an achievement, at
least because since 2004 three local teams have at times been the world’s best.
These have been Wollongong, RMIT and University of WA.
This year our team has shown the attributes necessary to finally turn an
inspiration that came to us in 2008 into a reliable, fast and drivable car.
We have built a great deal on the imagination, hard work and progress of past teams.
There have been quite a few baffling problems that have baulked our progress,
but ultimately this year thanks to intelligent and persistent good work, most
plans have reached fruition.
Our car chasing the University of Wollongong’s car,
during the endurance event.
Many of the members that are graduating this year have been in the team for
three years. Each ‘year’ really begins in the previous December and ends in
the current December. In 2011 the team has met during the week before
Semester I, to debrief, discuss and distribute tasks. Designs were analyzed
and manufacture got under got under way, before the July break.
The almost completely new car was on the road to be tested and developed
before the end of August.
Our successful 2011 team with many 3rd years students preparing for the 2012 comp
There have been many junior students, technicians and academics that have been
very helpful, to whom we are grateful, but here I will just mention the thesis
team that will graduate, the drivers and one resident technician.
Edward Jarvie – Frame & suspension, team co-leader, inspiring, pushy & committed
Gwylim Johnstone - Shafts & engine
Clare Young – Human resources & management (an honorary and valued member)
Alex Chen – Electronics, data logger, ECU, wiring & potential driver, an important chap
Ted Hackney – everything about brakes and good fun
Jonathan Stables – Lubrication & cooling system, provided a revealing piece of work
Benn Reid – Futuristic drive shafts & the reincarnation of Ben Hur on the track
Brayden Mead – Aerodynamics, lift & drag and the Pinin Farina of our styling department
Jordan McCulloch – Suspension & frame flexure properties, possessing great strength
Daniel Bartos – Air intake, the most in-depth & complete engine modeling.