Cars put to test

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

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.

More pic­tures on page 31

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.

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