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NZ Engineering Students Doing it Formula 1 Style

09 December 2005

A team of engineering students from The University of Auckland is using Formula 1 technology for their Formula SAE entry, but without the million dollar budget.

Entered in the Australasian Formula SAE competition the team, the Faculty of Engineering's Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team is New Zealand's only University to enter. The team have to design, construct and race a prototype race car, costing no more than $50,000 Australian dollars. Up against 30 of the world's top engineering universities in Melbourne at the start of December, the team is using the testing technology to help give them the edge over their competition.

Entering the competition for the first time last year the team finished 6th and picked up the best endeavour award for rookie of the year. With last year's experience in the bank and other technology advances the team is aiming for first this season.

""We have made some major advances with the car including the chassis. We've replaced the steel frame and constructed a carbon fibre monocoque chassis making the car a lot lighter and stiffer.""

The team is also one of only a handful of motorsport teams outside of Formula 1 to have a rolling floor wind tunnel. ""This is an amazing piece of equipment that Glidepath have kindly given to us and it will hopefully give us a significant advantage over the other teams,"" says Chief Engineer Matt Houston.

After the race in Melbourne the team hopes to compete in the USA and UK Formula SAE competitions in 2006.






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