Young car makers get all revved up
The University of Waikato Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team was placed sixth overall in the Formula SAE-Australasia competition in Melbourne. It was also the top ranked team from New Zealand.
Formula SAE is an international competition where university students design and build a car. Competitions are held across the world, with more than 900 universities taking part.
The competition, which was held from 12-15 December 2013, included 23 teams and involved static and dynamic events.
The Waikato Formula SAE team placed fourth in cost and fifth in design. Static events comprised of giving design, business and cost presentations, while the dynamic events included a range of quality tests such as scrutineering, brake, noise and a tilt test, and racing events.
The Waikato Formula SAE team was formed in 2006. Each year the team builds an open wheeled single seatstyle race car to compete in Formula SAE.
From back left: Daniel Lamb (team leader), Avinash Chavda, Ben Jackson, Dr Mike Duke (supervisor), Kevin Duncan and Sam Brien. From front left: Michael Hoogendoorn, Brad Webb, Dr Mark Lay (supervisor) and Isaac Hayes.