Formula SAE-A Competition:
Formula SAE Australasia is a 4 day international student engineering competition held in Australia. It is centered on the design, construction and racing of an internal combustion or electric race car up to 710cc/80kW. The competition presents students with the opportunity to develop their skills in design, management, manufacturing, communication, research and business operations in a real world environment. Formula students are highly sought after across the engineering mobility industry. The event has been going since 2000 where it was first held at You Yangs in Victoria, Australia. Since then it has grown into large international event where in 2016, 32 teams competed.
The University of Waikato Formula SAE Team (WESMO) was formed in 2006 and is comprised mainly of Waikato University Engineering students who work together to design and build a Formula SAE car. The students manage everything from scheduling, budgeting and fund raising to cost-control, design, sourcing equipment, materials and components, manufacturing and testing. The team has had varied results with the best result in 2013, coming in at 6th overall. In 2016 the WESMO team still managed an impressive 9th place out of 32 universities, even winning the main event ‒ Endurance.
The 2017 team are looking forward to this year's competition (7th - 10th December, Calder Park Raceway, Victoria, Australia). We aim to build a large community and get other students from around the University to contribute to the team. We are focusing on establishing the future of WESMO and getting younger students involved in the overall experience. In terms of the car, we are aiming to improve drivability and maintain our reliability.