A dream come true - Formula Student Racing Team

Shanemartin92

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Hi guys

This year I became involved in a dream-come-true project and I thought I’d share it with all of you.

I am fourth year mechanical engineering student at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and in the beginning of the year I heard about a project that one of our research labs were involved in. The project, named Formula Student is an international project hosted by SAE. Universities from around the world design, manufacture, test and race a formula style racing vehicle. The event takes place at Silverstone International GP raceway in England.

I applied to be involved for my final year project and was accepted. CPUT and NMMU are the only two universities in the country that offer this project. This is the third season that CPUT (Cape Speed) is competing following a very impressive overall position of 45th out of 112 teams in 2014. We are aiming to break the top 30 this time round and I’m feeling very confident that we will.

The project covers various different aspects of the motor racing industry, not only the engineering. We are involved in costing, procurement procedures, marketing, project management, manufacturing etc.

The competition of course has lots of rules and regulations on how the car must be designed and built but I don’t want to make this post too long. If people are interested I will happily continue posting more information and progress of the project.

Funding for a project like this also plays a huge role. We rely on sponsors for most of our funding for the project. If anyone is interested in this project and would like to contribute and help us with funding in any manor, whether it be materials, marketing, anything please inbox me.

Otherwise if any of you guys would like to hear more about this project I can keep this thread updated or you can follow our team Cape Speed at the following links. (Our Facebook and Twitter page are still showing last year’s details but our Instagram page is up to date. Facebook and Twitter should start updating soon.)

https://www.facebook.com/CapeSpeedCPUT
https://instagram.com/capespeed/
https://twitter.com/capespeed

About Formula Student: http://events.imeche.org/formula-student/


Sorry for the long post, thanks for reading.

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furpile

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I was involved with the SAE Mini Baja competition for a few years at university as well, which is the off road racing competition. These types of projects are some of the best things you can do at university. Good luck.
 

BeatBot

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I was part of NMMU racing. We tried to get that page update a couple of times but let me say... It was a interesting task to get rights to the page.
 

Shanemartin92

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Hi all

Its been a couple of months since my original post but come and meet the team and see our previous vehicles on display at Killarney Raceway for the Extreme Festival this Saturday. We'll be there all day so pop in and have a chat.

Cheers,
Shane
 

Shanemartin92

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We've been accepted into competing in Formula Student UK 2016!

We're going to have lots of events coming up soon to raise funds to get us there and would love to see some of you guys at some of them.

I'll keep posting updates here, otherwise you can also keep track on our events and updates via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CapeSpeedCPUT/

We really trying to get as much publicity and support as possible so please share the news about our team and hopefully we'll be able to raise enough funds to get over to the UK!

Thanks everyone for the support thus far!

P.S. The car in the pic is our old car from 2012, you'll have to wait a month or two to see the new one ;)

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