Nick Facchetti and University of Wollongong, Motorsport team are champions

Congratulations to Nick Facchetti of Central Tilba, and the rest of the team at ‘University of Wollongong, Motorsport’, as they are the Australasian Champions for the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) Competition.

The UoW Motorsport team claimed victory in the Australasian Formula SAE competition held over four days at Melbourne’s Calder Park Raceway recently, competing against 32 other universities from Australia and some from around the globe. 

It’ll be the 10th podium finish for the team, who spent tireless hours designing and constructing a petrol formula-style car from scratch for the race.

They were up against 32 teams from eight countries – including Poland, Spain, Japan and New Zealand – who were tested on speed, agility, engine performance and design, amongst other things.

Nick is a design manager for UoW Motorsport in charge of the “Brakes and Unsprung” area of the team, and is about to start the third year of his Mechanical Engineering degree. He is a 2014 graduate from Narooma High School.

The FSAE Competition is a four-day international, student engineering competition centered on the design, construction and racing of an internal combustion or electric race car up to 600cc and 80kW.

The competition presents students with the opportunity to develop their skills in design, management, manufacturing, communication, research and business operations in a real world environment.

In the recent competition University of Wollongong came fourth for Engineering Design and sixth for Cost, where they submit an extensive and accurate costing analysis, with an objective to substantiate a case for economical production.

In the dynamic events they came seventh for Acceleration, an acceleration test over 75m, third for Skid Pad, a figure eight manoeuvrability test, and first place for Autocross, a single lap time trial of the 1.25km course.

The competition culminates with the Endurance event where they came second after racing a gruelling 22km time-trial that tests the vehicle and drivers time around the track, and sixth for Efficiency, which tests the car’s fuel economy and CO² emissions.

Nick and the UoW Team are very proud to announce that they are now ranked 16th in the world against 551 other universities in the FSAE Internal Combustion Competition. 

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