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The University of Waterloo Formula Motorsports team is an undergraduate student team that designs a vehicle to compete in international Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competitions.

On Sunday September 29th, the team was doing routine testing with our 2013 car. Around 2:30 PM, the car showed signs of engine trouble and the track team signalled the driver to stop. Upon stopping, the car caught fire and the driver quickly got out. This emergency egress procedure is practised with every driver. The team used their fire extinguishers to put out the fire. However, the car was hot enough that it reignited. The team then withdrew and called Waterloo Emergency Services. While maintaining a safe distance, the team members controlled the parking lot exits to ensure clear access for first responders and safety for others. None of those involved in the situation were injured, and the Waterloo Fire Department was able to extinguish the blaze upon arrival.

All of the team's safety procedures were successfully implemented. We will be conducting a full technical investigation, to identify potential improvements to our design, operating, and emergency procedures. We would like to commend our track crew, who were calm, cool and in control throughout the situation. We would also like to thank the Waterloo Campus Police and the Waterloo Fire Department for their efforts at the scene.

Although most of the vehicle is unrecoverable, the team is committed to rebuilding for the 2014 season. With the assistance of the school’s insurance and the continued support of our sponsors, the team will recover from our loss and be fully competitive next May in Michigan.

Comments

Andre
Sad to see Nicole go, but I'm happy that the team is safe and handling this so well!
Suchi
At least you got a fairly epic photo out of it. Fantastic emergency response. Glad you guys are fine!
Suchi
At least you got a fairly epic photo out of it. Fantastic emergency response. Glad you guys are fine!
Alex
Thanks for the support guys.
Drew
Glad everyone is okay. Extra motivation to get the 2014 challenger completed in order to continue with testing! Drew -Chassis Lead 09
Proud Waterloo ...
Hey guys, I am glad to know everyone is safe first of all. Having said that, it is pretty worrying the fact that the sponsors might not be too motivated to continue funding and support this program. I'm not sure why the fire happened but what guarantees the world that the car won't catch fire in the next design. This will create a massive challenge for next year's design especially that you might not get all the support you need. I wish you the best of luck especially that the name of waterloo engineering is on the car and ON FIRE. Let's get this under control, come on boys, you are Waterloo engineers
Mitch
This is how we want our car to finish the year. It would be so cool. Can we have your front wing? Love and swellness, Mitch Design Lead Conestoga College Condor Motorsport P.S. I'm glad that nothing was hurt but pride
Anon
We've already called dibs on the front wing as a snow plow...
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