Monash Motorsport Goes Autonomous in 2019

Two years ago, Monash Motorsport began developing their first ever electric vehicle. In 2017, that electric vehicle came to life and was awarded overall 1st Place at the Formula SAE Australasia Competition at Calder Park Raceway at the weekend. The team raced against some of the top universities in Australasia in the ultimate test of race car engineering design and development.

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel visited the track to speak to the team about the future of electric cars, and the real shift in the car industry towards an autonomous future. Check out the test drive below.

Electric vehicles were introduced into the Formula SAE competition in 2010 to keep student engineering design up to date with the world wide shift towards a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly outlook for the future. The Formula Student Germany competition has gone one step further this year by introducing a new category for autonomous racers.

The “Formula Student Driverless” category challenges teams to create a vehicle capable of being driven by an intelligent, autonomous system; an extremely complex task but a very exciting and challenging endeavour. Monash Motorsport are determined to become the first Australian team to build and demonstrate a driverless FSAE vehicle. We have already begun recruitment of students to begin research next year as part of their Engineering Final Year Projects.

Being a part of Monash Motorsport and the Formula SAE competition is one of the most invaluable experiences a student can have during their time at university. Not only does it supplement studies and teach important skills in problem solving, teamwork and leadership, the program opens infinite doors to industry. Sponsors, partners and followers of the team and competition actively seek out members to complete internships and graduate positions at some of the biggest automotive and corporate companies in the world.

Monash team members are currently completing internships at Rolls Royce and Porsche in Germany, AVL in Austria and Holden Australia. Many Monash Motorsport alumni can be found working at Red Bull Racing, Torro Rosso, Ford, QANTAS, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers just to name a few.