U of T Formula SAE team races to international victorySecond consecutive win in championship
by Ruth Weinstock
The U of T Formula SAE Racing Team streaked to another first-place finish at this year’s Formula Student U.K. Championship, held in Bruntingthorpe, near Leicester, U.K., on July 5 to 8. The victory marks the second year in a row the team has pulled off a first in the international race. Driving a car they designed and built, the SAE team bested 63 other student groups from around the world in the gruelling competition.
To cap off their victory, the U of T team took home the Class 1 Dynamics award and placed second in the endurance category. The Austrian TU Graz University team took this year’s second place, while the U.K.’s Oxford Brookes University was third in the overall competition and the highest placed U.K. entrant.
Other teams involve faculty members, but the U of T team is a student-run enterprise: “This win shows the world we are one of the top teams and legitimizes our design philosophy,” said Daniel Zanini, the team’s business manager.
Of the 20-member U of T team, all from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, 13 students participated in the U.K. race: Nadia Boin (team leader), Nilufar Damji, Antonio Gomes, Huang Iu, Vedran Juric, Jason Kao, Kevin Key, Stefan Kloppenborg, Maggie Lafreniere, Vince Libertucci, Neal Persaud, Andrew Wong and Daniel Zanini.
The SAE team has a stellar history of achievement. In addition to its 2005 victory, the group became the first from Canada to capture the international championship in 2003. They placed second in this contest in 2002 and 2004.