We build a race car.
The University of Waterloo Formula Motorsports team (UWFM) designs, builds, tests and competes with an open-wheel formula-style race car. We compete in the Formula SAE Series, across North America and occasionally in Europe.
We are all students at the University of Waterloo.
Work on the car is completely extra-curricular. While it may not contribute directly to our grades, it is often a direct application of what we study in class, on top of being a source for life experience and skills that classes alone wont teach us.
We like doing.
The team (and competition) are built around action. If you want to achieve something, you make the effort to go out and achieve it. We like inculcating a spirit of curiosity and ambition. You don't have to work in professional racing for this to be a useful skill in life.
We compete in Formula SAE.
New car built every year, annual competitions across North America and occasionally Europe.
We have 6 sub teams.
Aerodynamics, Business, Chassis, Electronics, Powertrain and Suspension, each specialize in their particular area of the car.
Formula SAE Series competitions challenge teams of university students to conceive, design, fabricate, develop and compete with small, formula style vehicles.
Every car must follow the rules laid out by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). The intention of the rules is the keep the cars safe and competitive, but leave a very wide range of solutions open to student designers.
At competition, about 65% of the points come from dynamic events (Acceleration, Skidpad, Autocross and Endurance), while the remaining points come from static events (Engineering Design, Cost Analysis, Business Presentation and Efficiency). The competition is designed to reward cars that finish all events, but a team cannot be in the top tiers of the competition without a strong static performance - you need more than just a fast car to win.
A key thing to remember is that most (if not all) teams raise and manage their own funds to get their car built. Therefore most teams have an established sponsorship program, getting industry professionals and companies to donate cash, infrastructure, services or even their technical expertise to the team - hence the company decals on the car.