The Formula Student is an international engineering student design and builds competition. The design, fabrication and racing of the open-wheeled track car are completed by the students on the team. MCET Renn will be entering the Spain sector of the competition, which is hosted at the Circuit-de-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. The competition consists of points allocated for performance in both static and dynamic events.
At competition, cars are subject to technical scrutineering by FSS officials before being allowed to participate in dynamic events. These include the acceleration, skid pad, autocross and endurance tests. Allocation of points in these events focuses on the handling and efficiency of the car, with less importance placed on the straight-line acceleration. The business logic plan, structural reports and cost reports are assessed and included in the team scoring for the static events.
MCET Motorsports Team (MCET Renn) is a student driven team managing the design, fabrication and racing of an open-wheel FSS (Formula Student Spain) competition race car. MCET strives to provide young engineers and other students experience and development outside of the standard curriculum. Through involvement in planning, management and hands on experience in demanding and dynamic tasks, students develop skills that are directly relevant to future careers.
The team provides an extension of classroom learning, where engineering students apply design principles to projects for the car. The projects are a self-directed process from design through to manufacture and testing, which gives the students a sense of ownership and expertise for the race car component.
Students are given the unique opportunity to build team work and leadership skills in situations otherwise unavailable throughout the university course. These skills are not limited to a motorsport specific area, or to a specific degree, but rather encompass public relations, marketing, budget management, community development, business liaison, sponsorship management, event planning and logistics. The team is open to students of all disciplines and degrees willing to actively participate in an extra-curricular activity.
MCET first generation car, Flavio, will be taken to competition in the 2014 racing year. In preparation for competition students will have to submit documentation to FSS for evaluation. This includes a business logic plan for the team, structural reports and cost reports. This process develops student’s communication, organisational and technical skills, which can be applied directly to a professional role in the workforce.
Development of the FSS race car at MCET has become an integral part of the Automobile Engineering degree. The benefits students get when designing, analysing, and implementing a race car can’t be underestimated. The car requires specific targets for functional performance to be met (to be competitive), as well as placing significant bounds on schedule, manufacturing techniques and especially budget. Modelling, production of manufacturing drawings and extensive communication with trades people and manufacturers is necessary. Additional testing and improvement of finished designs are also critical (bench testing, track testing, extensive sensor and data acquisition etc.) The car represents a complete mechanical design lifecycle and equips graduates with skills ready for professional practice that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. The students that have had heavy involvement with the Motorsports team are, in my opinion, some of the best, most effective engineers that MCET has produced. This is as a direct result of the effective contextualization of learnt theories that the car provides.
Importantly, the car is also used extensively for MCET marketing, as it is an excellent example to school students and the community in general of what engineering (particularly Automobile Engineering) involves, and what MCET students are capable of. Taking the car to our maiden competition in 2014 will be a huge achievement for MCET and is expected to get significant media coverage as well. Interest in the car is extensive and the exposure for any potential sponsors is excellent. The culture of support in the team between the year groups and passing down of skills, knowledge and the coherent management structure and succession, I’m pleased to say, sets the team up to be competitive long into the future. As supervisor of the team, one of the key aspects I’ve emphasized since assuming the role several years ago has been coherence so as to maintain success in the face of changing student cohorts. I believe this is now fully established and representation of all four year groups in active participation in the team makes us poised for a very bright future.
By sponsoring the MCET Motorsports team, you’re enabling the team to go to competition and match it with the best in Spain. You’re allowing the Motorsports team to continue operating into the future and continue to enhance the quality and job readiness of MCET graduates, and particularly the exceptional students that are involved in the team. These students are the engineers of the future and will carry what they have learnt with them in their careers, so enhancing the companies they work for. Finally, through the many brand placement opportunities associated with sponsorship, involvement with the team will provide any sponsor with significant local and international exposure, with all the associated commercial benefits. I hope that you’ll consider supporting the team, and I thank you for taking the time to read this prospectus.
Dr Calvin Sophistus King
Team Supervisor/ Head of Automobile Engineering