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Dalhousie Formula SAE on route to Silverstone Circuit, UK

Posted by Jennifer Moore on July 2, 2013 in News

Corey Ireland, Team Lead, along with five members from the Dalhousie Formula SAE team are on route to the Silverstone Circuit (one-hour north west of London) to compete in Formula Student. The team will compete in a series of events that are spread out over four days from July 3-7.

Not only is this the team's first time competing in the UK event, out of the over 100 teams competing, they are the only North American team represented.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to compete at Silverstone, says Ireland. We built a custom crate to transport our 500-pound car and it's scheduled to arrive in the UK on July 2 in time for the events."

Formula Student in an exciting event, but is ultimately designed to challenge engineering students to conceive, design, build, cost, present, and compete as a team using a small single-seat racing car in a series of static and dynamic competitions.

The team will present to a hypothetical manufacturing firm, the logic behind their specific design choices and must be able to demonstrate that it can support a viable business model.

"The judges are experts inthe automotive industry. Our team is prepared to answer questions like; how much would it cost to produce 1000 cars? We will also have to explain in detail the reasons why we made specific design decisions. The questions are designed to test our understanding and the performance of the vehicle." Says Ireland.

Earlier this year the team competed in Michigan and placed 40th overall out of 120 teams. This is the highest the team has ever placed in four years of competing. Thier hope for Silverstone is to place similarly or better.