The NUS FSAE team races to No.14 worldwide

The NUS FSAE team races to No.14 worldwide

 The NUS FSAE team was ranked 14th worldwide (out of 120 teams) at the recent annual Formula SAE International Challenge in Michigan, US (10-13 May 2017).

ONCE again, the NUS FSAE team was among the top 15 at the recent annual Formula SAE International Challenge in Michigan, US (10-13 May 2017).  The team was ranked 14th worldwide (out of 120 teams).  It also attained success in the following events:

  • Rank no.3 for Marketing Presentation
  • Rank no.9 for Engineering Design
  • Rank no.7 for Acceleration
  • Rank no.12 for Fuel Efficiency

R17, the latest FSAE race car model, boasts features that enhance the car’s racing performance. Besides its strong aerodynamic design, its other powerful features include:

  • Improved data logging and wireless telemetry to monitor performance, while the car is on the move,
  • Underbody diffuser system for improved aerodynamics and downforce, allowing the car to turn corners faster,
  • Adjustable suspension and brake force distribution between the wheels, while the car is on the move,
  • Quicker automatic gear shift,
  • Ultra-compact engine bay space and symmetrical weight distribution,
  • More powerful batteries that can last longer without charging, and
  • Lower engine idle speed to save petrol

NUS FSAE Advisor Professor Seah Kar Heng said, “Every year, the FSAE competition proves to be a challenge for the team. We have to make on-the-spot engineering decisions according to the situation. On the first day, we even had to saw off part of our chassis and re-weld it, all within two hours. I doubt these students will ever encounter anything so drastic when they go out to work. The competition is indeed an excellent training ground for them to think on their toes and work with their hands. The final 22 km endurance race, the highlight of the Competition, is the most gruelling event. Each year, it attracts members of the public, parents, grandparents, girlfriends, wives, sponsors and other supporters. After so many years, we have made a big name for ourselves. Everyone seemed to be watching out for the NUS car to appear.”

This year, the NUS FSAE team was one of the five finalists presented with the certification of recognition by Altair Engineering for the William R. Adam Engineering Award.

The NUS FSAE race car project started in 2001, and is now part of the Innovation and Design-Centric Programme (iDCP), a unique learning pathway offered by NUS Engineering, where students from different engineering disciplines work together on multi-year projects to develop innovative technologies and solve problems affecting the community. The Innovation and Design-Centric Programme (iDCP) comes under the Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (EDIC) established by NUS Engineering.

The NUS FSAE team races to No.14 worldwide