University of Canterbury Motorsport is a student run organisation that competes in the largest university competition in the world, Formula SAE. The team comprises of intermediate year students, to post graduate students to third pro students doing their final year project on the car. The team designs, builds, costs and races an open-wheeled car in the FSAE Australasia competition.
UCM first competed in 2013, winning the best rookie team of the year award. The team has only improved since then. In 2015 the team won third overall amongst other prizes, and have only set their expectations higher for 2017. This high expectation focuses the team and creates a creative and driven environment.
The students that make up UCM start with various levels of experience, from motorsport to driving to welding to no experience. What is common to every member is their enthusiasm and passion for UCM. Through UCM, the students have the opportunity to gain invaluable practical skills in both engineering and business.
If you are interested in becoming involved no matter your level of experience then get in touch!
FSAE Australasia Competition
Formula SAE is the world's largest student engineering design competition whereby students are required to design, manufacture, test and race a single-seater, open-wheeled race car. The competition dates back to 1978 as a small mini-indy competition at the University of Houston. This competition has since developed into a highly prestigious engineering competition with innovative and award winning designs from universities worldwide. This international competition is run through a number of national/international competitions around the world every year.
Through the FSAE competition, teams have the opportunity to test their design against their peers. Each car is judged in several categories which are a combination of static and dynamic events. The static events consist of design, costing and a business presentation. The dynamic events consist of acceleration, skid pad, autocross, fuel economy and endurance. These events all have different weightings which contribute to the teams overall score.