Cars put to test
Winton Motor Raceway has been a hive of activity while it hosted university students from home and abroad.
It all kicked off on Friday for the first day of the Formula SAE-A (Society of Automotive EngineersAustralasia), with engineering students travelling from as far as New Zealand, Germany, India and Japan to converge on the local Winton track.
Now in its 19th year, the Formula SAE-A is an educational event that sees university students embark on a 12-month program to build an open-wheeled race car, before putting it to the test.
The race car must be built to align with special regulations, with events split into two categories — static and dynamic.
Friday saw the 35 teams of budding engineers participate in the static events, which consisted of a tilt test, cost report and business presentation.
That segued into a weekend out on the track with dynamic events testing areas, such as acceleration, endurance and fuel economy, with points allocated for each event.
This year the German team from TU Munich outshone the rest to claim the EV Class with the fastest race car, while Monash University has upheld its reputation as a formidable force to take out the IC Class.
The students from Monash are used to tasting success, having built and raced their way to victory in eight of the past nine years.
Secretary and chief executive officer of SAE-A Adrian Feeney said the students loved the competitive nature of the event.
‘‘It gives that university bragging rights for 12 months as they are considered the best team,’’ Feeney said. ‘‘The secret to any good team is that they get the second-year students, they are taught how to be a team member with little responsibility, but they are learning.
‘‘The next year they have more responsibility and by the fourth year they are the team leaders.
‘‘You get this continuous
●flow of management skills, which is very important.
‘‘You can imagine what they are learning each year because they are passionate and enjoying what they are learning.’’
Tracks like Winton Motor Raceway are used for the event each year, with about 150 volunteers helping to make this year’s four-day event a success.
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Rush: Rooster tails sprout from the rear tyres of Edith Cowan University’s fuel-powered Formula car at a drenched Formula SAE Australia event at Winton Raceway on Saturday. Find more pictures by Karl Phillipson inside sport.