The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) hosts the annual Formula SAE-A event. This is a three day international, student engineering competition centered on the design, construction and racing of an internal combustion or electric race car up to 610cc/80kW. The competition presents students with the opportunity to develop their skills in design, management, manufacturing, communication, research and business operations in a real world environment.
Formula SAE was developed in the United States of America in 1981 by the Society of Automotive Engineers to be used as an educational tool to develop university engineering students' knowledge and skills. In 2000 the first Formula SAE competition was held in Australia. Since then the Australian event has grown to be contested by over 25 universities from Australia, America, Japan and Europe. Formula SAE events are also run in USA, Germany, UK and Japan.
The year long competition comprises of students designing and constructing a small formula style racecar. These cars have specifications to limit physical dimensions and engine size to ensure that the competition is not just a race, but is run as an engineering competition where students' imagination, creativity, skills, and knowledge are all tested. The competition event is held in December each year at the Victoria University Werribee campus, near Melbourne. The competition covers three days of scrutineering, static and dynamic events.
The static events are worth 325 out of the 1000 points and comprise of a design report, cost report, and business presentation to the judges.
The dynamic events are run as individual time trials, and make up the remainder of the marks. They consist of an acceleration test, skid pad test, autocross event, and a fuel economy and endurance race.
Our 2016 team had a challenging year, with 2016 being the first year the team built an electric car. Our world ranking did improve to 10th overall from 16th the previous year.
2015 was a tough year with quite a few issues during the dynamic events and some disappointing statics results but we worked hard to overcome our issues for a solid finish. We are very proud of our business presentation team and it's good to see Auckland back on top in this category.
2014 was the smoothest competition the team has ever seen with minimal issues and a quick car!
The 2013 team was heading for a very strong finish when the car had a critical failure in the endurance event.