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International automotive competition revs up

27 March 2013

The NUS engineering team with Prof Seah (centre, standing) with the sleek lightweight vehicle

Under the proud gazes of family members and close friends, the NUS engineering team launched this year's car which will compete at the international Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) competition in Michigan in May.

The vehicle is lighter, weighing around 10 kg less than last year's car, revealed team leader Mr Thomas Oh Sien Jun, a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student. In fact, every component of the latest car went through a series of simulation and testing to achieve the lightest possible weight. He added that there are different settings for the traction control and paddle shifter, which help the car's ergonomics.

With the guidance of Professor Seah Kar Heng, Faculty Advisor for FSAE, the 14-member team laboured long and hard on various components - the chassis, powertrain, suspension, transmission, controls and electronics.

The NUS team has fared well at previous FSAE competitions. Last year, the NUS car took the 29th spot out of 120 teams. It also clinched the best car title in Asia.