What is UWA Motorsport?
The University of Western Australia Motorsport project team (UWAM) consists of a team in excess of 20 volunteer students who work together to conceive, design, build, test & race a vehicle to compete in Formula SAE competitions world-wide. The project gives students the opportunity to develop their technical, time-management and interpersonal skills, as well as developing experience in organising, managing, and financing an engineering enterprise. This experience does not normally form part of a student's degree programs.
The UWA Motorsport team have competed at competitions in Australia since 2001, and have won the event twice, taken the trophy for Engineering Design four times, and collected more than thirty trophies for individual events. The team have also competed at Formula SAE championships in Michigan, winning the event in 2008 (and with it the World Championship) after being runners-up twice, collecting two Engineering Design trophies and more than thirty other prizes. We have additionally attended the Formula Student Germany competition, placing third overall in 2009. Among the additional awards that the team has won are seven for design innovation.
Formula SAE is a student design competition organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers which began in 1979. The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a student design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules, intended to both ensure on-track safety (the cars are driven by the students themselves) and promoting clever problem solving.
It has been successfully run in the United States since 1978, in Great Britain since 1998 and was held for the first time in Australia in 2000.
The competition events are designed to give a comprehensive assessment of the team and their vehicle, and require students to think creatively about how to score the most points overall.
The events are divided into static and dynamic events. The static events; Design, Cost & Presentation; assess the team's understanding of their production process, as well as the qualities of the vehicle. The dynamic events; Acceleration, Skid Pad, Autocross, Efficiency & Endurance; present an objective assessment of the dynamic capabilities of the team and their vehicle