The UOW Motorsport team recently competed in the SAE Australasian competition in early December, travelling down to Winton, Victoria, with 50 of their members and their 2018 vehicles, petrol car, ‘Susie’, and UOW’s inaugural electric car, ‘Evii’. The team has competed in the Australasian leg of the global competition since 2001 and has continued to ‘bring it home’ and win major prizes for UOW.
The 2018 final results saw the team take home 1st in Endurance with Susie, and 4th overall in the internal combustion category; an outstanding result that we are very proud of. And we’re particularly proud that our two-year development project for our first electric vehicle was an enormous success, with the team cheering loudly when Evii completed her first lap in the endurance event. The team is very excited to see where this platform can go in the future and are feeling incredibly motivated given the results from this competition and her debut.
In January we then entered the two vehicles into FS-Sydney: Powered by ADRC – Sydney’s first formula-student event. It was spectacular to support this up-and-coming leg of the competition which was a roaring success for its opening year. Fortunately, the team was lucky enough to take home another armful of awards and top places for the 2018 season, with Susie claiming 2nd in the combustion class overall, 3rd in skidpan, 2nd in endurance, 2nd in autocross, and 2nd in efficiency. With some faulting issues with Evii, we were still able to snag 3rd in the EV class overall, 2nd in skidpan, and the hard luck award for the team’s valiant efforts to get her back on track. Our business division was also pleased to accept the ‘best during-competition video’ and ‘best social media coverage’ over the course of the event.
These events landed us 7th overall in the world rankings – that’s 7th out of over 600 teams for Susie, and 106th out of 172 teams worldwide for Evii – an impressive feat in her early stages of development. We couldn’t be happier with the result and look forward to taking part in the competitions all over again in 2019. However, we couldn’t have done so well without the support of our many valued sponsors who have helped us every step of the way. We couldn’t do what we love if it weren’t for the ongoing support from the University of Wollongong, UOW College, Unilife, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, Bluescope, WIN Network, Sydney Motorsport Park, Komatsu, The Yard Cafe, Calm Aluminium, Novotel North Beach Wollongong, Engineers Australia, 3DSystems, CarsForHope, and Bridgestone Select Wollongong.
Of course, the project doesn’t work without the efforts of our members who are the foundation of a year-long effort to combine classroom skills with real-world design and the development of components and huge projects. The countless hours and sheer commitment the students pour into the project is a testament to the high calibre of students from all disciplines at UOW.
We are always looking for new members to get involved and they can register their interest by contacting us or signing up via this link: https://bit.ly/2BX8iCL
Words by Claudia Muller