ON TRACK September 2013
With QUT Motorsport
QUT Motorsport welcomes Century Yuasa Batteries
QUT Motorsport is proud to welcome on board Century Yuasa Batteries, as a gold sponsor of QUT Motorsport. Century Yuasa is Australia’s oldest battery manufacturer, with a history spanning 75 years. As a gold sponsor, we will be working closely with Century Yuasa throughout the development of our 2014 car. Through Century Yuasa’s kind support we have received a well needed boost to continue designing and building a racecar. Project Manager Ash Kennett is excited about what the future holds for us. “With Century Yuasa as a gold sponsor, we are able to continue to build on student learning opportunities and gaining valuable real-‐world experience.” The production of each QUT Motorsport vehicle is a team venture that extends beyond the QUT Gardens Point campus. Each year we rely on the generosity of our sponsorship partners who, like Century Yuasa, kindly provide donations, materials, and volunteer their expertise to assist us in the manufacturing of each Formula SAE vehicle. Through their kind support Century Yuasa contributes to the enhancement of training and education of students, and the development of a sustainable future for all Australians through their support of, and influence on, enterprising and
Team member profile: Amy Gunnell In this issue of On Track the spotlight is on Amy Gunnell, Project Manager for QUT Motorsport for 2014. Amy is currently in her third year of studying a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Electrical. What attracted you to QUT Motorsport? I had friends in the team who used to talk about it quite a bit and it sounded interesting. Mainly the ability to work on a real project and learn a bit about design and manufacture. What do you enjoy most about being part of the team? I enjoy the friendship and community that the team has. We’re all in the same boat with university and are fairly similarly minded. We sometimes get to relax and hang together and get up to a small amount of mischief and that makes the pressure of university seem not so bad. Do think that being in QUT Motorsport is a rewarding experience? It is. At the end of the day being able to say “I was a part of that” feels fantastic. But you also get to learn so much. For me I’ve learnt a lot about leading peers, communicating with stakeholders, project management and a lot about machining. There are so many people in the team and supporting the team that are all too happy to pass on expertise. Do you think that being in the team will help you in the future with your career? I really do. I think everything I’ve learnt through motorsport gives me an edge over everyone else. I’ve had (mind the cliché) real world project experience working in a project. Through motorsport you’re also able to build a network. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I don’t get much free time, but in the free time I get I enjoy watching movies and TV shows, baking and relaxing with friends over a BBQ.
Beam axle leading new era of design 2013 marks a new era for QUT Motorsport, with a new suspension and powertrain concept hailing the beginning of a new era for the team. With emphasis placed particularly on weight reduction and simplicity in manufacturing, this exciting new focus extends to a new component called the beam axle. The beam is used to transfer the engine power to the wheels also forming part of the vehicle’s suspension and beam axle allows many new design goals to be maximised. This type of suspension assists in reducing mass and overall vehicle polar moment of inertia. It does this without compromising a third design goal of lower centre of mass. Driveline complexity is also reduced by minimising the number of moving parts. Several Iterations were created, evaluated and discarded before the final revision was approved. By developing the axle the team involved learnt a great deal about an incredibly complex design concept. The beam has to withstand a complicated load path produced when racing, yet at the same time must be simple enough to easily manufacture. Budget and resource availability must also be factored in to the development.
QUT Motorsport visits the V8 Supercars
Bathurst in the Bar Join us in the Botanic Bar at QUT Gardens point on 13 October for the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars, entry $5.
Gold Coast 600 If you’re at the Gold Coast 600 on the 25-‐ 27 October, come and say hi to the team at the QUT Motorsport marquee
QUT Motorsport recently had the opportunity to display the 2012 car at the Ipswich 360 in July. We had a lot of interest in the team, and had a great time talking to visitors about who we are and what we do here at QUT Motorsport. We were joined by our friends from UQ Racing a little further down merchandise alley. We will also be at the Gold Coast 600 25-‐27 October, so drop in and have a chat to the team.
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