The Racer’s 6th Sense – Why We Test and How We Gather Data

When it comes to testing and tuning the vehicle dynamics of FSAE cars, teams can often be caught up in a guessing game. Variables like camber and toe all affect how much we grip we can get out of our tires and ultimately how much performance we can squeeze out of our cars.

Fortunately, due […]

By |September 26th, 2017|Chassis, Electrical Drivetrain, Powertrain, Suspension|0 Comments

M17-C and M17-E Take Off!

The 2017 Aerodynamics packages have been completed and both cars are flying as of last weekend. The Aerodynamics Section worked extremely hard to meet an incredibly tough deadline with not one, but two packages in record time. M17-C will feature a full package with both front and rear wings, an undertray, a nosecone, bodywork, […]

By |September 21st, 2017|Aerodynamics|0 Comments

First Glimpse: Design Launch Night

The team had just finished up with exams, and were back into the workshop to hit manufacturing period. After all, we had two cars to build, with a driving date set for the end of the holidays it was all hands on deck.

On top of this, design launch night was also upon us. For […]

By |August 21st, 2017|Events|0 Comments

A Week in the Life of….

“As a member of both the Chassis and Business section, my week is packed with tasks. Every hour I’m not in class I will be around the workshop, working on the Chassis, contacting our sponsors, taking photos, organising events or updating the team’s social media, as well as keeping up to date with uni […]

By |August 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Road to Flying: Mould Preparations and Layups

Our Aerodynamics team has been working tirelessly to manufacture one of the most complex Aerodynamics packages that the team has ever designed. Our 2017 Aerodynamics package will feature a four part system, consisting of a front and rear wing, undertray, nose cone and body work. Starting from the raw materials, a great deal of […]

By |August 21st, 2017|Aerodynamics|0 Comments

A Current Affair: EMRAX 228 Dynamometer Testing

In late March, our electric powertrain section had its first opportunity to run the EMRAX 228 motor on Monash University’s 220Nm Eddy Current Dynamometer using mains power. This gave us a chance to familiarise ourselves with the running of the motor before full power performance testing in the coming weeks using the electric car’s […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Electrical Drivetrain|0 Comments

The Powerhouse of M17-C: KTM 690 Duke R

The current 2017-2018 ruleset brought a few big changes to Formula SAE, the most exciting being a significant increase in the maximum allowable engine displacement from 610cc to 710cc. This change has upset the current status quo, and meant that several new engine options are now in play, dramatically expanding the range  that teams […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Powertrain|0 Comments

Giving our Engine the Spark of Life

By |May 23rd, 2017|Powertrain|0 Comments

A Gripping Race: Just a Wishbone Away

Cornering grip, or lateral mu, is the most sensitive parameter of a race car. In fact, it is eight times more sensitive than the next most sensitive parameter. This is why our suspension engineers obsess over maximising it throughout the testing and tuning period of our race cars.

The hunt for grip starts at […]

By |March 21st, 2017|Business, Suspension|0 Comments

2017 Chassis Design and Manufacture

Design of the M17 Electric and Combustion Chassis began before Auscomp 2016. With the team’s new core ethos of ‘one team, two cars’ at the forefront of the design process, it was decided that the steel spaceframe would share a universal design.

Using Siemens NX10,  a parametric CAD model was set up and iteratively […]

By |March 21st, 2017|Business, Chassis|0 Comments