Communications & Media

Full speed ahead for the Academy Gallery's new exhibition

Two Formula SAE race cars are taking centre stage for the Car Show exhibition opening at the Academy Gallery on Monday, August 27.

Created by the University of Tasmania’s Motorsport team, the cars have been a drawcard for keen engineering students since 2014 and compete internationally at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) competition.

Each year the University’s Motorsport team takes on the role of a small production team to conceive, finance and manufacture a proto-type formula-style racing car that adheres to specific regulations.

Engineering senior lecturer Jason Lavroff said the team comprised of predominately engineering students as well as students from business and media.

“The team is a real drawcard for students who come to do engineering in Hobart just to be part of the FSAE team,” Dr Lavroff said.

“The students love it, they’re so engrossed, they pour all their time into it.

“It’s a great program as FSAE students get that real-world exposure and industry experience, while still being in the university environment.”

The FSAE project is embedded in the curriculum and students from first year to postgraduate work on the team, with design projects integrated into the third and fourth year subjects.

The project culminates in a testing week, where all the teams come together to dynamically and statically test their vehicles.

Academy Gallery Director and Curator, Malcolm Bywaters said the Car Show is a wonderful display of how the student researchers are working at the front line of engineering in a real-world environment.

“We want to showcase some of the great work the university is doing but we also want to connect with the community outside the world of fine arts,” Mr Bywaters said.

The University of Tasmania’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Rufus Black will officially open the exhibition, which will also feature the FSAE team’s first electric car.

The car will make its debut at this year’s testing for Formula SAE in December held in Victoria.

Published on: 27 Aug 2018 9:24am