ECU's School of Engineering and Mathematics has developed an engineering technology course around mechanical/manufacturing engineering with a niche in motorsports. The development of the course has involved extensive collaboration with the motorsports industry in WA, including the operators of the only licensed race circuit in Perth, WA Sporting Car Clubs (WASCC). The Club has provided a valuable network of contacts, who have contributed to the program in significant ways, including the delivery of the curriculum, and placement of students for practical work experience.
In addition the WASCC provides many opportunities for motorsports students to be involved with motor race meetings in Perth, including garage tours at the V8 Supercar meeting. The collaboration has exposed students to the latest technologies and trends in motorsports. The WASCC provides ECU students with a free season pass to all events run by the Club. In return, ECU staff and students have worked as volunteers at race events, and have recently been involved in the design of a new building for the upgrade of the facilities at the Wanneroo Race Way.
The Fastlane Racing Team and Driving School, which is considered to be one of the top schools in Australia for motor racing, has also made a significant contribution to the Motorsports program.
The strong collaboration between ECU, WASCC and Fastlane has ensured that motorsports education develops into a niche area of expertise offered only through ECU at Joondalup.
Professor Tony Watson, Professor Daryoush Habibi
Motor Industry Training Association, WA Sporting Car Club (WASCC), Fastlane Racing Team and Driving School, University of Central Lancashire