Monash Motorsport is Australasian champions for seventh consecutive year
13 January 2016
The Monash Motorsport team has blitzed the field again at the annual Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Australasian event. Overall winners for a record seven years in a row, the Monash University crew defeated 29 other teams from around Australia, New Zealand, India and Japan.
The team scored 894.6 points out of a possible 1000, achieving the highest overall score and top-scoring in the Design and Autocross events.
According to team leader Areeb Hassan, the competition was tight.
“Some of the other teams had really strong entries this year, but we’re thrilled with the performance of our team and our vehicle,” Ms Hassan said.
Ms Hassan was especially pleased, given that the car was a completely new and very ambitious design this year.
“It was fantastic to have all our hard work recognised with a perfect score of 150 for Design, and to finish as overall winners,” she said.
The 2015 Monash Motorsport team was made up of 75 students from Monash University who were responsible for all elements of the the design, construction, management and racing of their open-wheel, formula style race car.
The team’s supervisor, Dr Scott Wordley, said that the team had performed extremely well under pressure.
“It wasn’t easy for them, getting the new car across the line, but all their hard work has really paid off. It’s a terrific result,” Dr Wordley said.
The Australasian Formula SAE event, part of the world’s largest university engineering design competition, was held at Calder Park Raceway from Dec. 10 – 13.
The Monash Motorsport team is now making plans for next year, when it hopes to visit Europe to compete in equivalent events at Silverstone in the UK and Hockenheimring in Germany. These Formula Student races are the most competitive in the world, with more than 100 entries from as many as 25 different countries.
Many of the team’s current students will be moving on to internships and graduate positions at top companies, including Rolls Royce Aero Engines, Audi Sport LMP, Ford Australia, Bosch Motorsport and various V8 Supercar teams.
Monash Motorsport is a student run racing team that represents Monash University locally and internationally in the Formula SAE competition. Each year the team, comprising of students mainly from the Engineering, Information Technology and Business and Economics faculties, designs, builds and races a formula style race car against other teams from around the world.
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