Reporter 453, 5 June 2000
A team from Mechanical Engineering has returned in triumph - weighed down by a handy $7,000 in prize money - from the gruelling Formula SAE inter-university competition in car design, run by the Society of Automotive Engineers in Detroit.
Pit stop: Leeds captain Howard Ash takes the wheel at the Detroit Silverdome
The competition involves designing, building from scratch and racing a single-seater racing car. Leeds finished fifth overall in a field including 101 rivals, and won six of the first seven awards - the highest-ever finish by a team from outside North America. Only 24 teams got through the endurance test, but the Leeds contestants earned a certificate for completing this and every other event. They came second in the design and cooling system categories, third in the powertrain development awards, and made the top 15 for presentation, acceleration, autocross and endurance.
Research assistant and doctoral student Andrew Deakin, who set up the team captained by Howard Ash, has been involved in organising a European Formula SAE event at the NEC next month - with the Leeds team determined to top its Detroit performance.
For further information about the team and its success, see the Mechanical Engineering website: leva.leeds.ac.uk/sae/index.htm
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