Student-built racing car goes on show at Open Day 2013

23 August 2013

The working formula racing car, built to compete in the annual Formula SAE-A event, will be on display at Open Day 2013.
The working formula racing car, built to compete in the annual Formula SAE-A event, will be on display at Open Day 2013.

A working formula racing car designed and constructed by mechanical engineering students will take centre stage at University of Sydney Open Day.

The car, built to compete in an annual event held by the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A) in December, will be on display on the University's front lawns during the biggest event on the University of Sydney calendar, Open Day.

The University of Sydney will open its doors for Open Day 2013 on 31 August to future students, their families and friends, and members of the public interested in seeing what one of Australia's leading universities has to offer. Open Day is a great opportunity to explore the University's diverse range of courses and discover your options for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Each year, the Formula SAE student society design, construct and race a small open-wheeled racing car. All research, design and manufacture must be completed within a period of 12 months to prepare for the annual event held by Formula SAE-A.

The three-day event, which includes teams from New Zealand, Japan, India, Malaysia, Europe and the USA , scores teams on their design, financial and marketing skills as well as dynamic events on the skid pads, in acceleration, autocross and endurance.

"I don't teach students how to build the car, I teach them how to solve problems by themselves," says Dr Andrei Lozzi, academic adviser to the team from the University's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

"Modern industry, of which the car is just part, is all about creativity and innovation. It's always exciting to watch the students continue to evolve their designs and create new ones."

The emerging engineers who compete in the Formula SAE-A competition are closely followed and sought by the automotive industry for their technical knowledge and practicality that is developed in designing and manufacturing the cars.

"Up to 30 teams join the competition every year, and the team from the University of Sydney continues to rise in the rankings. We're hoping we can finish in the top three this year," says Sam Broughton, a fourth year student from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and manager of the team.

By joining the FSAE team, students can apply what they learn in class to solve mechanical problems and broader issues faced by the automotive industry.

"I joined the team because it's such a good project to apply the knowledge we've learned from class into practice," says Sam. "We work with 20 to 30 people throughout the year to design something really cool. It's a unique experience and very rewarding to see something you designed racing on the car. "

In 2008, Sam was intrigued by the car he saw at Open Day, which ultimately led him to enrol in mechanical engineering.

Event Details

What: The University Open Day

When: August 31 9am-4pm

Where: Front Lawns of the Quadrangle, the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus


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