On June 18th, the UW Formula Motorsports team headed to the Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska for the third and final competition of the season. The team was able to advance into design finals, and placed 5th in the event. The car performed admirably and completed all dynamic events, despite some mechanical mishaps. Overall, the team placed 15th out of 80 teams. This is the team's first time attending Formula SAE Lincoln.
The past month has kept us busy with competition. We've competed in Formula SAE Michigan and Formula North, where we placed 22nd/120 and 6th/20 overall repsectively. Our largest achievement was making the design finals at Formula North, where we placed 2nd in the event.
There is still one more competition in the season. We will be in Lincoln, Nebraska for Formula SAE Lincoln in June.
The UW Formula Motorsports team is pleased to announce the unveiling of the 2014 car. The 2014 car features advancements in powertrain cooling and lubrication, suspension, and aerodynamics. The team will be competing in three competitions for the 2014 season: FSAE Michigan, Formula North, and FSAE Lincoln. We would like to thank all who came out to unveiling, and to all our sponsors who helped make the 2014 car possible. We'll see you at competition!
Last Wednesday, the team had its first opportunity to display the progress made on the 2014 car to date at the first annual 4th year design project symposium for Mechanical Engineering at Waterloo. This year the team fielded four project groups including Powertrain, Suspension and Ergonomics, Structural Composites, and Aerodynamics. While presenting the results of the design projects, the teams had the chance to talk to public visitors, some of our alumni, and engineering judges. Thanks to everyone for coming out to see our projects!
With a rolling chassis deadline looming on the horizon, we have seen a lot of activity over the past few weeks. Our chassis build is moving along steadily, in large part thanks to our fantastic engineering co-ops. Thanks guys! We are nearly ready for powder coating, and plan to hit that deadline within the next week.
Simulation of engineering designs has become crucial in Formula SAE and the field of engineering in recent years. Simulation tools allow our team to create cost effective digital prototypes of our car, which allow us to avoid making real world design errors. This is critical to our performance in all competition events, and to our overall understanding of the car.
The Formula Motorsports team is pleased to announce our competition schedule for the 2014 season. We have successfully registered in Formula SAE Michigan and Formula North; however, this year's season includes the addition of Formula SAE Lincoln to our competition lineup. Attendance at Lincoln will be a first for the team, but we are confident that both the team and the car will succeed at competition.
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.
General team meetings will be held on Monday at 7:00pm, E5-2004 for the W15 term. These meetings are to give a general overview of team activities, and are open for anyone who wants to get involved to attend.
Typically there will be 4th year project updates, design and build updates, a business report, and a technical presentation by one of the systems leads. Our goal is for these meetings to be a half hour or less, so feel free to come out!