The University's new race car with "wings'the NUS-R15'"soared its way to an impressive overall ranking of 7th in the world at the latest Formula SAE® competition, held from 13 to 16 May in Michigan, US. This achievement marks the NUS team's best performance since it first participated at the international race in 2004.
The NUS-R15 race car, designed and built by a team of 14 NUS Engineering students, is the only car from Southeast Asia and Singapore's only team to participate in the esteemed competition.
Competing with 119 teams from the US and Europe, it also bagged several other accolades at the competition:
- World champion for Cummins Inc. Applied Technology Award for the innovative wireless telemetry system
- 1st place for the Business presentation event
- 2nd place for the Acceleration drag race
- 3rd place for the FEV Powertrain Development Award, which recognises overall performance for acceleration, fuel economy, cost and the 22 km endurance race
- 4th place for the Bosch Engineering Design Drawing Award
The futuristic looking NUS-R15 race car boasts aerodynamic "wings that provide increased downforce, improving tyre traction and performance especially when negotiating corners. It is also equipped with a wireless telemetry system that is smart phone compatible, to monitor the performance of the car and the driver in real-time.
Year 4 Mechanical Engineering student Pakata Goh Liang Hui, who led the NUS FSAE 2015 team, said: "The journey, from the time we started to design the car to the end of the competition, has been challenging and insightful. A race car like this embodies many engineering principles that can be applied to any engineering project, and our team is grateful to have an opportunity to design, build and race our own car.
Read more about the team's win.