ECU racecar among 10 best of its kind


ECU’s racecar was judged to be among the 10 best of its kind in the world.
ECU’s racecar was judged to be among the 10 best of its kind in the world.

ECU Joondalup’s motorsport engineering team now has claims to building a racecar considered one of the best 10 of its kind in the world.

The team cracked the international top 10 at the recent Formula Student gala held at the famous Silverstone Racetrack in the UK.

The event, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has students build a racecar, which they pit against international university rivals in a range of tests.

In the lead-up to the meet, the team, which finished 10th, correctly tipped its car would perform better than its 12th-place effort in 2014.

School of Engineering motorsport co-ordinator John Hurney said they had aimed for a top-10 finish in the Class 1 field made up of more than 100 universities from around the globe.

“Both the car, and the team, were better prepared than in 2014,” he said.

“2014 was the first year we had gone to Silverstone and the car we took wasn’t running as well as we would have liked.”

Competitions include a skidpad test (figure of 8), a 1km sprint, a 75m acceleration test and a 22km endurance run.

Points are also awarded for cost and sustainability, engineering design and a business presentation.

ECU achieved a score of 621.2 with the winning team from the University of Stuttgart landing 851.1.

Dubbed ‘Habibi’ in honour of School of Engineering head professor Daryoush Habibi, the ECU car was powered by a four-cylinder Honda motorcycle engine, with a completely redesigned engine block and gearbox.

The event ran from July 14 to 17.