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Outstanding performance by NUS engineering team at Formula SAE Michigan

24 May 2011

NUS FSAE RACE CAR: Winner of the 2011 FSAE Chief Design Award

WINNING TEAM: Prof Seah with his student team from the NUS Faculty of Engineering

The NUS FSAE (Formula Society of Automotive Engineers) team beat strong competition from 121 international teams at Formula SAE® Michigan to clinch the 2011 FSAE Chief Design Award, the top prize in the area of Engineering Design Drawing. The team also emerged as the best Asian team and was placed among the top 20 percentile worldwide. In addition, it was ranked 23rd worldwide - a vast improvement from last year's 58th position. The team also holds a place of honour among the Competition's league of Formula SAE Recognition of Accomplishment for teams which have successfully scored in every single event over the four grueling days of competition which was held from 11 to 14 May.

Referring to the team's class act in clinching the FSAE Chief Design Award, Faculty Advisor for FSAE Prof Seah Kar Heng from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering said: "I am extremely proud of the NUS FSAE team. We clinched top prize for Engineering Design Drawing this year because the boys learnt quickly from their mistakes. Last year we were ranked almost last in this category and our drawings were pinned up in the Hall of Shame to show the public what should not be done. This year, our drawings were pinned up in the Hall of Fame to show people what should be done."

The NUS FSAE team also put up a stellar performance in the Presentation category, where they came in 2nd, up from 9th position last year. Starting this year, the organisers require that the top three teams in the Presentation category do an encore for the public to watch and learn. The team also garnered 10th position in the Fuel Economy Event, overcoming competition from strong German teams who boast of remarkable technology and innovation.

Previous NUS FSAE teams had been using an inline 4-cylinder Honda F4i engine and had become familiar with its characteristics. It weighed around 60 kg with a capacity of 595 cc. For the 2010 and 2011 competitions, however, they switched to a V-twin 550 cc Aprilia which weighed 30 kg, enabling a severe weight reduction without much loss in power.

For more details on the FSAE Michigan International Competition, please click here.