TOYOTA AUSTRALIA REVVED UP FOR FORMULA SAE-A
Dec 2, 2016 By Toyota Australia.
Toyota Australia has confirmed its continued sponsorship of the annual Formula SAE-A competition
Toyota Australia has confirmed its continued sponsorship of the annual Formula SAE-A competition, a real-world motorsport shoot-out designed to support the education of engineering students in the Australasian region.
Promoted by the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A), the competition challenges entrants to design and build a compact open wheel, formula-style vehicle from scratch, then compete over four days in a multi-discipline event.
This year’s competition is running from December 8 to 11 at Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway, and the surprise for many is that the team with the fastest car is not guaranteed an overall win.
While it looks like a race meeting, the competition is actually a learning experience, with students challenged in a real-world situation to focus on design, budget, working in teams, establishing targets, meeting schedules and applying computer analysis, design and simulation tools.
To determine how effectively the designs have been executed and how well the finished car reproduces intended performance, teams are scored across a range of areas, including presentation, cost, acceleration, skid-pad performance, autocross time trials, endurance and economy.
Australia is a key part of Toyota’s global vehicle evaluation, engineering and training network, and Toyota corporate manager Conversions and Accessories Stephen Castles said the company is keen to help develop local design and engineering talent.
“Toyota Australia is committed to retaining more than 130 specialists in many aspects of vehicle and accessory design, from planning and styling to development, evaluation and certification,” Mr Castles said.
“A direct involvement with these future engineering stars keeps us connected to the best emerging talent in the region,” he said.