Formula SAE is an international series of university-level competitions where students design and build open-wheel racecars. The competition consists of static and dynamic events, including acceleration tests and autocross time trials along with judging from professionals in the automotive industry. Dalhousie’s FSAE team has been active since 2010, competing in events at the Michigan International Speedway and at UK’s Silverstone Circuit. The team has developed over the years, placing as high as 20th in the 2014 UK competition.
Check out our team’s promo video!
Dalhousie’s FSAE team offers an incredible experience to Dal’s students. It gives engineering students a chance to learn a wide variety of technical skills through designing the car. Many team members gain their first experience with the design of a vehicle’s suspension, drivetrain, powertrain, or wiring system, and this exposure has helped many members apply for co-op positions or engineering jobs after graduating. The team’s senior members also gain valuable practice in leadership roles, managing small student groups throughout the design process.
This year, Dal FSAE intends to compete at FSAE Michigan from May 10 to 13. The car’s design is well underway: the vehicle’s frame has been built, the suspension system is fully modelled, and a new engine is currently being tested. We are prepared to have the car built during March, allowing for some time to test and tune the car. Additionally, we are actively working on several deliverables for the competition, such as the car’s design and cost reports.
The team’s goal is to send 12 students to Michigan this year to allow several of the newer students to experience the competition. With such a large group, the estimated budget for registration, transportation, hotels, and food during the trip is over $12,000. This funding will go towards the costs of this trip, helping us rent several cars and book hotel rooms for the week.
Unfortunately, we had some big setbacks during our build, and our team has decided to pull the plug on competing at Michigan.
Here are our plans for the summer:
– We’re sending a small team of 5 people to Michigan to chat with other teams and try to pick up as much information as possible.
– We’re still signed up for Formula North in Ontario this June, and we’re confident we’ll have our car together to compete here.
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