Mungo goes to the Grand Prix

15 March 2013

'Mungo', built and designed by student group Sydney Motorsport.
'Mungo', built and designed by student group Sydney Motorsport.

Sydney Motorsport, a student group at the University of Sydney has been invited to display their SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) racing car at the 2013 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix being held this weekend in Melbourne.

'Mungo', a sleek red, white and blue race car, was built and designed by a team of students for the 2012-2013 Formula SAE Australasian competition. The students are studying programs ranging from aerospace and mechanical engineering to business and commerce.

2012 Team Manager, student Diarmuid Ryan, says being invited to showcase their vehicle as part of the 2013 Grand Prix Education Expo exemplifies the development and strength of recent teams from the University of Sydney.

Diarmuid, who will graduate with a combined engineering and commerce degree says:

"Working as part of the Formula SAE team has helped solidify my mechanical engineering education in a great group environment. It gave me the opportunity to build a high performance vehicle and utilise knowledge learned about business modelling, multi-media and people management skills."

Formula SAE is an annual student competition where teams across Australasia design, construct and race a small open-wheeled racing car intended for use in weekend autocross events.

All research, design and manufacture must be completed within a period of 12 months to prepare for an annual competition; one of approximately 10 around the world says Diarmuid.

The three-day event scores teams on their design, financial and marketing skills as well as dynamic events on the skid pads, in acceleration, autocross and endurance.

Academic adviser from the University's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, Andrei Lozzi, says the students undertake the SAE project as part of their honours thesis or graduate reports.

Participation provides the students with both technical and business experience says Dr Lozzi.

"That the car looks racy and is well made draws out their enthusiasm, but what is learned in the process is applicable to almost any industry, including project management, team work, communicating with the wider public and the operation of a commercial enterprise," Dr Lozzi says.

"The graduates who have come through this project are particularly well prepared to join today's industry in a wide range of critical occupations."

The Sydney Motorsport team working on the car on race day.
The Sydney Motorsport team working on the car on race day.

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