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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Students with the FSAE car at the Grand Prix
Four students from ECU's motorsports team travelled to Melbourne for the 2012 Australian Grand Prix.
The team took part in a number of activities during the international event, giving them the chance to mingle with some of the best in the motorsports industry.
A highlight for the students was the opportunity to test the 2011 car in the wind tunnel at Monash University – the biggest wind tunnel in Australia. The car finished a best ever third in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers - Australasia (FSAE-A) competition, held in Melbourne last year.
The testing allowed students to progress their research into the benefits of fitting airfoils onto the car for the 2012 season.
Students also visited ECU Motorsport graduates Ed Viska, who is now the race engineer for the LDM V8 Supercar team and Luke Mason, who is a data engineer on a V8 Supercar team.
"The trip was a great opportunity for the students to be exposed to the world of Formula One," Motorsports Engagement Coordinator John Hurney said.
"None of them had ever seen Formula One live before and I'm sure the trip hardened their resolve to be employed in the world of professional motorsports after graduation."
The 2011 car was displayed during the Grand Prix as part of the Driving Science, Driving the Future exhibition which showcased the top 2011 FSAE cars from around Australia.
For more information on the motorsport program, visit Reach Your Potential.