Monash Motorsport aiming for eight straight
If the Monash Motorsport team win the Australasian Formula Student event this weekend, they will extend their local winning streak to eight years in a row.
The team of university students design, build and drive their own open wheel race cars in the international competition known as Formula Student, or F-SAE. They recently unveiled their latest vehicle, M16, ;and are hot favourites amongst the 37 teams competing at Calder Park.
Team Leader Jenny Kwong said that the team have put in a huge effort.
“We have spent the last year designing M16 with a strong focus on driver training and concept utilisation. The car is a simple design that has been heavily tested to validate the concept,” she said.
They’ll be racing against student teams from across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and beyond, but Monash Motorsport are no strangers to international competition. They travelled to the UK and Europe earlier this year to race against the best teams in the world.
“Our team vision is to be the most respected FSAE team in the world. This vision is built upon our values of learning, performance, professionalism and camaraderie,” Jenny said.
Monash Motorsport competed in three international FSAE events in 2016, racing at Silverstone, the Red Bull Ring and the Hockenheim Ring. Although their final results weren’t as spectacular as they may have hoped, they scored highly in many of the static events and gained invaluable experience.
Jenny became the leader of the team this year, while completing the final year of her double degree in science and mechanical engineering. She said that the Monash Motorsport team has been the biggest part of her life for the last 4 years.
“I’ve found my place within Monash Motorsport. We’re a team that celebrates everyone’s strengths, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a woman in ;engineering, how much you love cars or if you’ve ever picked up a power tool before. Ultimately, the one thing everyone on the team has in common is an unwavering passion for our project and a strong desire to learn and achieve,” she said.
Team members of Monash Motorsport regularly go on to complete internships and find paid positions within the automotive industry and professional racing teams. Jenny hopes to be involved in the Dakar Rally as an engineer one day, following the race around by day and putting her knowledge to the test by night to prepare the vehicle for the next day of racing.
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