The 2013 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix saw Swinburne University representing the electric vehicle category and Monash University representing the combustion-engine class after a record fourth successive FSAE Australasian Championship title. Both cars demonstrated their mechanical ingenuity on the Albert Park main straight on Thursday of the event.
The Formula SAE competition is for students of the Society of Automotive Engineers to conceive, design, fabricate and then compete in small formula style race cars. The cars are built by each team over a period of one year and are then taken to the annual competition against other vehicles from universities in Australia and around the world. The student competitors gain invaluable real-world design and project management experience, giving them a distinct head-start to their professional engineering careers.
The Monash and Swinburne Formula SAE teams were certainly proud of their achievements, with the unique opportunity of demonstrating their prowess and skills in front of the Formula 1 teams.