Best of best take to Winton for motor engineering competition

By Meg Saultry

The best and brightest of Australian engineering was on show at Winton Motor Raceway at the weekend, with university teams from across Australia, as well as international institutions gathering at the track for this year's Formula SAE-A event.

Overall it was Monash University that came out on top, earning first place in the internal combustion and electric vehicle categories. 

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The University of Queensland came in second for its electric vehicle, while Griffith University was third for internal combustion and the University of Canberra ranked third for an electric vehicle.

The program is in its 20th year and university students are tasked with designing, building and testing their own Formula-style open-wheeled racing car for competition.

Work in progress: The University of Technology Sydney team makes a pit stop to change over the seat and driver of its vehicle.

The 12-month curriculum program culminates in university teams pitting their machines head-to-head on the Winton track.

Representatives from Australian universities such as RMIT, QUT and the University of Melbourne were trackside from Friday, as well as international schools such as the University of Auckland and the Honda Technical College in Kansai. 

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The weekend was also a chance for students to strut their stuff in front of up to 10 potential employers watching on from the racing industry.

Program events included acceleration, skidpad and autocross, and culminated in an endurance test on Sunday.

Sleek: The University of NSW tests its product on Winton Motor Raceway.

There was plenty of cheering and support from teams who lined the barriers to watch their hard work showcased on the track.

But it wasn’t all celebratory, as some teams’ weaknesses were exposed on the track, with cars breaking down throughout the course of the weekend.