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ECU motorsports students headed for international competition

Monday, 04 October 2010

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Motorsports students from the School of Engineering successfully tested the 2009 ECU Formula Society of Engineers (FSAE) car last month at Wanneroo Tiger Cart, in preparation for the 2010 FSAE competition.  

The 2010 FSAE competition is a worldwide student-based event, with competitions held in a number of locations throughout the world, including Brazil, Italy and Germany.

The Australasian event, held in Melbourne from Friday, 10 to Sunday, 12 December, will see 26 teams from the Asia-Pacific region compete over a three-day event, testing their cars design and speed against other university based teams.

All competing cars are designed and built to a strict set of guidelines, with most utilising 600cc Honda motorcycle engines and a vehicle weight of less than 200kg.

The ECU student team, led by fourth-year engineering student Jon Grove, tested the 2009 car last week in a number of areas, with the aim to analyse the success of new parts and systems designed for the 2010 car, which is currently under construction.

The test at Wanneroo Tiger Cart also provided student hopefuls with the opportunity to try out for the ECU driving squad, which will travel to Melbourne for the 2010 competition.

Motorsport Engagement Coordinator, Mr John Hurney, believes the success of the recent test highlights ECU’s commitment to the 2010 competition.  

“The car ran flawlessly for almost three hours, which is an impressive performance for any competition car, let alone a one-off experimental machine prepared by students in the time they squeeze between study and building the new car.”

“The test drive allowed us to trial a number of different items, including a gas driven, electrically switched gear shift and new steering rack, and is important in helping the team fully prepare for the 2010 competition,” said Mr Hurney.

This is the third year that ECU has participated in the FSAE competition, finishing sixth last year, and selected as one of four teams who were chosen as design finalists.

For more information on the 2010 Competition, visit the SAE International website.

For more information on Motorsports at ECU, visit the Engineering webpage.

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