Project Description

University: University of Sydney
Location: Sydney, Australia
Fuel type: Unleaded Petrol (98)
Number of Students: 25
Engineering disciplines or other degrees: MechanicalEngineering, Media, Business

We caught up with team leader Diarmuid, to discuss his teams chances over the weekend.

What were the initial goals set out by the team? 
“Our goal is to finish in the top three compared to our finish of fifth last year. We have put a lot of effort into the rear end of the car as well as lowering the chassis.”

What is your final year project and how much time have you dedicated to it? How have you spent the rest of your time in this project?
“Designing the driveshafts was my personal project this year. I have probably spent 10% of my time working on my project compared to all of the other tasks that I am responsible for. It does get to you a little bit but it’s my job to make sure everything gets done. It’s the best thing for the team, to keep the morale up and make sure everything is working together.”

If you could have been gifted access to one of the following resources during the year, which would you choose and why? Money, time, students, knowledge?
“I would pick more knowledge. With knowledge you can utilize the resources you have a lot better. People tend to overlook it but resources are wasted if you can’t get the most out of them. It’s the same when people upgrade their computers every few months but don’t even use half of the features that are available. We are getting a lot better at knowledge transfer but we would like it to improve it.”

What was the first task given to you when you joined the team?
“I was sweeping the floor when I first joined the team. It’s the same with anything. You have to start at the bottom and slowly work yourself up.”