University Of Sydney 2009 Formula SAE FSAE Race Car
The Formula SAE team is part of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney and is one of Australia's premier Engineering schools.
The University's FSAE page reads ...
"Formula SAE is a student engineering competition where teams design, construct and race a small open-wheeled racing car intended for use in weekend autocross competitions.
All research, design and manufacture must be completed within a period of 12 months to prepare for the annual event held by the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia.
The three-day event scores teams on their design, costing and marketing skills as well as dynamic events of skid pad, acceleration, autocross and endurance."
The Sydney University 2008 FSAE Racecar at the Sydney International Motor Show
We met the University's Formula SAE Team at last years' Sydney International Motor Show, where they put on a very professional display of their 2008 car (shown above).The Works Bell Paddle Shifter NEO Universal, Works Bell Rapfix Racing Quick Release and Momo Steering Wheel in the University of Sydney's 2009 Formula SAE Racecar
We were very impressed with the knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm of the team, so we organised sponsorship of the team by Works Bell, who provided a Works Bell Paddle Shifter NEO Universal and Works Bell Rapfix Racing Quick Release to the team for their new 2009 racecar.
The Rapfix Racing Quick Release
The Rapfix Racing Quick release is designed for competition cars where the quick release is welded to the steering column shaft.
The Rapfix Racing Quick Release is engineered and precision manufactured in Works Bell's state of the art production facilities in Nagano Japan, by highly skilled fabricators and engineers.Close up of the patented ball locking system in the detachable Works Bell Rapfix Racing Quick Release - click the photo to enlarge
Unlike splined quick releases which use splines that you have to line up, the Works Bell Rapfix Racing quick release uses Works Bell's patented ball locking system as seen on the world reknowned Rapfix II quick release. There are no splines to line up !
So instead of needing to line up splines to re-attach the steering wheel, you just slide the steering wheel onto the steering column with the wheel turned to any angle of rotation and spin the wheel, and the quick release will then lock when the correct angle of rotation is reached.
Additionally, when the steering wheel is removed from the steering column, the Rapfix Racing locks open automatically, so there is no need to pull on the release collar when re-attaching the steering wheel. You just slide it back on, spin it til it locks automatically, and go.
Works Bell have become an SFI Participating Manufacturer in the SFI Spec 42.1 (Steering Wheel Quick Disconnect/Release Program) and the Works Bell Rapfix Racing Quick Release has passed the SFI tests.
SFI safety standards are recognised by the world's leading motorsport series, including NASCAR (US National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing), IRL (Indy Racing League), FIA Drag Racing (Federation Internationale de I'Automobile Drag Racing), NHRA (US National Hot Rod Association), ANDRA (Australian National Drag Racing Association), CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport), IKF (International Kart Federation), MSNZ (Motorsport New Zealand), NASA (National Auto Sport Association), PCA (Porsche Club of America), SAE CDS (SAE Collegiate Design Series Intl.), SCCA (Sports Car Club of America), WKA (World Karting Association) and many others, so the Works Bell Rapfix Racing Quick Release can be used on everything from drag cars to formula racing cars like Formula Ford, Nascars, and even Indy Racing League cars.
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The Works Bell Paddle Shifter NEO Universal is a product that has been released by Works Bell specifically to meet the requirements of The Tuners Group's racing customers.
It consists of the heart of the Works Bell Paddle Shifter Kits as seen on vehicles like the R35 GT-R, Porsche 996, BMW E46 & E90, 350Z, RX-8, and other high end semi-sequential Japanese vehicles.
Works Bell in Japan reacted to demand from The Tuners Group's racing customers, and in November 2008 released the Works Bell Paddle Shifter NEO Universal - a universal paddle shifter ideal for custom installs on racing cars and road cars alike.
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Building The Formula SAE RacecarRear view of the paddle shifter, quick release and steering wheel, with custom alloy bracket for the paddle shifter made by the students
The 2009 car is powered by an Aprilia motorcyle engine, and one of the students developed a highly innovative sequential shifting system to handle the gearshifts, via the Works Bell Paddle Shifter NEO Universal.
With a power rating of 45kW (60.3 hp) but a weight of just 193 kg, the car has a power to weight ratio of 3.2 kg per hp, and a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.67 seconds.
The shifter system is hydraulic, with hoses supplied by Stauff and pumps supplied by Hypac.
The system is more responsive than the previous pneumatic system implemented, providing a faster, more reliable and easily controllable gear shifting.
Launch from line has been very successful, and easy paddle shifting provides quick up and down shifts with automatic actuation of the clutch.
There is also a neutral button that can engage neutral from any gear. Edward McMillan, Mechatronics engineer, was responsible for the design and implementation of this system.
On the skidpan, it pulled a massive 2G's, which is a testament to the highly skillful design of the cars suspension devised by the students.
Other sponsors of the team include such industry stalwarts as Boeing, Bilstein Suspension, Loctite, and Works Bell of course.
A special thank you to the University of Sydney's:
- FSAE co-ordinator Andrei Lozzi
- Team Leader Jared Holmes
- Team Managers Stephanie Fulton and Robert Muir and
- Eloise Matheson (Junior for Steering and Suspension, who co-ordinated sponsorship arrangements with us during the year)
... for your complete professionalism and hospitality, both during the year and at the official launch of the car.