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Skills in Reserve
Army February 3, 2011
By Cpl Zenith King
THE ADFA Formula Society of
Automotive Engineers (FSAE)
racing team achieved a personal
best 7th place at the annual FSAE
competition from December 9-12.
The FSAE competition drew
27 student teams from Australasia,
India, Japan and the United States.
Teams had to design and fab-
ricate a car that was aestheti-
cally pleasing, easy to maintain
and built using common parts.
The competition was hosted
by the University of Victoria
and judged by the Society of
Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Assistant technical director
Lt Matthew Chapman said the
team began construction on the
small formula-style racing car,
named WS10, in late 2009.
"WS10 took nearly three
years to complete after it was first
conceived in 2008 by Flg-Off
Michael Olson," Lt Chapman said.
"It was an evolution of the 2009
car, which we stripped down and
modified within 12 months."
Lt Chapman said about 80 per-
cent of the car was built and designed
from scratch by the students.
"We used a stock engine, brake
callipers a couple of driver controls
but beyond that we designed and
made or the components ourselves
or designed and outsourced," he said.
"While you're working on it you
can get really stressed and not see
the light at the end of the tunnel, but
once you are finished and you look
back, you realise it was worth it."
RAAF Aeronautical engineering
student OCdt Alistair Weir said each
year the SAE made changes to the
criteria which determined whether
the team would make a new car from
scratch or modify the existing model.
"Even if we re-submit a car, we
always improve on the year before,"
Cars are judged in three different
categories; static inspection and engi-
neering, solo performance trials and
high performance track endurance.
"The competition kicked off with
a technical inspection to check the
car complied with the rules and was
safe before it was placed on a tilt
table to see if it leaked or tipped
over," OCdt Weir said.
"Next is the brake and
noise check and on the same
day teams present a cost report
explaining how they would pro-
duce certain aspects of the car at
"At this stage we usually
send in the business students to
sell our case."
The team competed in the
skid pan, auto cross and an
endurance event during the com-
The team was also awarded
fourth place in the highly pres-
tigious design event, after which per-
mission was sought to use the team's
design report as a sample in interna-
tional SAE events in years to come.
The team is now known as ADFA
Racing and already have engage-
ments planned for display at the
Avalon Air Show and Australian
Grand Prix events.
in the top 10
Fast and furious: The ADFA vehicle sets a
blistering pace in the endurance event.
Pit crew: Team mechanics assembled and tuned the vehicle before the whole
ADFA team (inset) got together for a photo at the start of the competition.
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