Students gather for Calder Park showdown
RMIT University students will once again be in action on both sides of the track when the 2017 Formula SAE Australasian Championships kick off at Calder Park Raceway just outside of Melbourne this weekend.
RMIT Racing will field two cars in the event which sees Students from Universities right across the world in a test of engineering innovation, design and marketing across three tough days of competition.
The teams will field both a traditional internal combustion powered car as well as an all electric machine.
Twenty Six Universities from as far away as India and Japan will join many local institutions including the Monash Motorsport team who have dominated local competition for several years.
Once again the event will be streamed live to the world thanks to RMITV Student Television.
RMITV is the trading name of Melbourne Student Community Television and not for profit student run operation based at the RMIT City Campus that produces regular original programming for local Community Television as well as a growing online audience.
For RMITV, Formula SAE is by far their largest and most ambitious single event and provides valuable real world training and experience for the group’s members.
RMITV’s relationship with Formula SAE goes back to the competition’s earliest years via “In Pit Lane”, RMITV’s longest running programme, which this year celebrates 21 years on air.
“In Pit Lane” host and Executive Producer of the Formula SAE livestream Brett Ramsey said there was a great synergy between Formula SAE and RMITV.
“Like productions on RMITV, Formula SAE is not a simulation of a competition, it’s not theoretical, it’s a real competition, with real budgets, real rules and regulation and a very real deadline.”
“Shows like In Pit Lane and The Leak on RMITV are real shows, with real viewers and all of the real world problems that arise in such situations. No amount of simulation or theory can ever replace that.” Brett said.
Indeed in both the worlds of motorsport and television production many RMIT Racing and RMITV members have moved on to work at the highest levels, helped in great part by these real world experiences.
Competition for Formula SAE gets underway on Friday with business presentations and various static tests before cars move to the track on Saturday.
This year the Skid Pan and Acceleration tests will be held separately allowing both teams and spectators to concentrate on each individual discipline while Sunday will see cars on the main circuit for Autocross and Endurance competition.
The live streaming gets underway Friday afternoon with a special edition of In Pit Lane live from the Calder Park pits with racing getting underway Saturday morning at 9:30 AM AEST.
Coverage can be seen on the In Pit Lane YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=inpitlane as well as the In Pit Lane & RMITV Facebook pages with teams and sponsors also able to embed the stream into their own websites.
RMITV Student Television, In Pit Lane and Formula SAE-A 2017 would like to thank RMUIT University for their great support of the FSAE-A livestream coverage.
News from Formula SAE-A 2017 can be found via the SAE website at http://www.saea.com.au/formulasaea
For more info on RMIT Racing go to http://rmitelectricracing.com/ and http://rmitracing.com.au/
RMITV’s website is www.rmitv.org and In Pit Lane can be found at www.inpitlane.com