Student’s racing car bound to Exscite

Student’s racing car bound to Exscite

Waikato Formula SAE team: From back left, Daniel Lamb, Avinash Chavda, Ben Jackson, Dr Mike Duke, Kevin Duncan and Sam Brien. From front left, Michael Hoogendoorn, Brad Webb, Dr Mark Lay and Isaac Hayes. Absent: Mark Shrimpton.

Waikato Formula SAE team: From back left, Daniel Lamb, Avinash Chavda, Ben Jackson, Dr Mike Duke, Kevin Duncan and Sam Brien. From front left, Michael Hoogendoorn, Brad Webb, Dr Mark Lay and Isaac Hayes. Absent: Mark Shrimpton.

A Formula SAE racing car designed, built and raced by Waikato University students will feature in a new exhibit in the Waikato Museum.

The Formula SAE car will be on display in the museum’s Exscite interactive science gallery from 17 March until 9 May this year.

Students have worked with museum curator Salina Ghazally to develop the display to give Exscite visitors an insight into the development of the car and the science of racing..

“Visitors will be able to explore the challenges of weight, aerodynamics, steering, safety and downforce in relation to achieving speed in a race car, as well as view the car itself,” says Ghazally.

The car was ranked sixth overall and the top New Zealand entrant among more than 20 competitors from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and England in the annual Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) race in Melbourne on 10 December 2013.

University of Waikato senior lecturer in engineering, Dr Mark Lay says the display is a great opportunity to share the work of the engineering team and acknowledge the sponsors that have supported the Waikato Engineering Student Motorsport Organisation (WESMO) team over the years.

Since 2006 WESMO cars have scored well in Formula SAE event categories which include design, cost and manufacturing, presentation, acceleration, skidpad, autocross, fuel economy and endurance events.

Exscite science gallery is open seven days from 10am – 4.30pm.
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