Adelaide, South Australia, December 8, 2003 - A team of engineering students from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) celebrate today after a stunning debut performance in the weekend's Formula SAE-Australasia (FSAE-A) collegiate automotive engineering competition. Held at the Mitsubishi Motors testing facility at Tailem Bend, South Australia, the competition pitted students from around the world against each other to design, build and race their own formula-style, open wheeled racing cars.
The winning car from Georgia Tech took a top ten finish in all of the eight judged categories and was number one in three of them.
President and CEO of host company Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd, Tom Phillips, said the weekend performances were a testament to the dedication of the teams involved. "The cars these teams have put together this year are really exciting and demonstrate how much this competition has helped auto engineering students in the past four years," said Mr. Phillips. "Mitsubishi has a strong belief in the value of hands-on experience as part of the education process. Formula SAE has again demonstrated just how important practical application is to students of automotive engineering.
Executive Director of SAE Australasia, Stuart Charity, said Georgia Tech's efforts continued the tradition of raising the bar at successive Formula SAE competitions. "Students working on these vehicles represent the leaders of the next generation of engineers that will help guide and shape the future of Australia's car industry," he said. "Formula SAE offers young engineers the opportunity to work on a meaningful, complex engineering project in a dedicated team environment. "Since we staged the first Formula SAE-A competition in Australia in 2000, the quality and performance of these vehicles has improved exponentially," said Mr. Charity.
The design category winner from Western Australia University also finished third on the skid pad.
The University of Queensland was Australia's top finishing team with a third place showing. Queensland placed second in the important endurance event, and the car finished in the top five in four out of five of the dynamic on-track evaluations.
Auburn University captured fourth place, a mere 55 points behind the winners. Auburn finished second in the dynamic events. The team from Wollongong, winner of the 2003 Formula SAE event in Pontiac, Michigan in May, took fifth place despite strong finishes in the cost, design, acceleration, and autocross segments of the competition.
In the Formula SAE series of design competitions, students design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style race cars. Restrictions are placed on the car frame and engine so the students' knowledge, creativity, and imagination are tested. Four cycle engines up to 610cc can be turbocharged or supercharged to add a new dimension to the challenge of engine design. The vehicles are judged in three different categories: static inspection and engineering design, solo performance trails, and high-performance track endurance.
This winged wonder from Monash University won the Autocross trials and managed a twelfth overall.
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