Project Description

University: University of
New South Wales (UNSW)
Location: Sydney, Australia
Fuel type: Unleaded Petrol (98)
Number of Students: 29 – 40
Engineering disciplines or other degrees: Mechanical-Aerospace-Mining Engineering

UNSW’s team leader Tim, provided some insight into their car and added in some much appreciated humour

On the engineering disciplines of the team members
“Most of us are mechanical or aerospace. Strangely enough our team leader next year is a mining engineer. I guess you’ll see some rock bolts and massive truck tyres on our car next year.”

How did you improve on the university’s entry last year? What makes this car unique?
“Despite the various failures we have had over the past few years, we feel good at the moment because we haven’t repeated the same mistake twice. The brake system is completely new this year. Hopefully the brakes don’t break but hopefully they do brake at the same time (pun intended). The other improvement has been improving driver visibility by lowering the front nose. As a driver you were fairly blind driving our previous car. Our Aprillia engine is the italian princess. If you feed it and clothe it well and treat it nice it treats you nice as well. If you treat it wrong she howls and growls and doesn’t do what you want it to do (our favourite quote from the weekend).”

At any point this year did you fear not making it to competition with a working car?
“We have had difficulty mounting our diffuser to the uprights as we didn’t expect the mounts to be as stubborn as they have been. Other than that we haven’t had too many problems. We drove two hours to a testing ground, unpacked the car , started it and the clutch cable snapped. Two days of testing is all we got in before competition but they were both solid days. We came away with some good feedback on the car as well as everyone getting horrendously sunburned.”

What was the first task given to you when you joined the team?
“The first task given to every team member is to make the brackets that join the body panels together. It requires a lot of trial and error as there are some really intricate angles that you need to deal with. I remember my first day of bending sheet metal and being told it was wrong five times before I finally got the hang of it.”