Post-Competition Newsletter 2016

Sponsors, supporters, family and friends,

With the conclusion of the FSAE-A competition for 2016, our preparations for 2017 are already well underway! However, the change of year also marks a change in management for the team, with the departure of our 2016 Project Manager Jamie Morton, to be replaced by our 2016 Engineering Manager, Kailin Sullivan.

This final newsletter for the 2016 season includes a summary from each of our managers, looking back at the highs and lows of the past year. 

I hope you are well and enjoying the fresh start that 2017 brings.

Kind regards,

Clare Nolan
2016 Business Editor

Project Manager’s Summary

This being the last article I will write as the Project Manager of the team, there is so much I would love to say about our achievements last year. However, I will be brief. Some of the highlights of 2016 included:

  • Beginning relationships with new sponsors, as well as retaining sponsors who have been with us for many years.
  • Collecting over $1500 of donations from family and friends through our Go-Fund-Me campaign.
  • Raising over $400 in donations for MS Australia.
  • Regaining support from the University for an on-campus workshop for the team.
  • Creating our first 3D Aerodynamics Package, with trials on the electric shift system well on their way.
And last but not least, finishing 10th out of 22 teams for the Internal Combustion Cars, and 15th out of 32 teams overall, at the 2016 Formula SAE-A Competition! Please click here for a more detailed break down of results.

2017 promises to build on these achievements, with a new management team lead by Kailin Sullivan (the 2016 Engineering Manager), Matthew Howe as the Engineering Manager and Aidan Scanlon as the Technical Director. Our senior members will be leading the charge on the Electrical Vehicle development in 2017 to compete in the 2018 FSAE-A competition. Launching these new vehicles will be a fresh challenge for the team, but our results in 2016 have validated our ability to achieve, even with limited resources. We go into 2017 only hungrier to out-perform ourselves this year and next.

Thank you for your continued trust and generosity. Through your support, you have helped bring opportunities to students who wanted to do more, learn more, develop and to try new things outside the regular structure of their degrees. Besides the technical skills of building a race car, our members experience the soft skills that are so crucial in any workplace today, not to mention the friendships and enjoyment gained from working with a large team on a common goal.

While my period leading the team is concluding, I cannot wait to see what the team and its supporters achieve over the coming years. I couldn’t be prouder of those taking my place. Good luck to all with your endeavours in the New Year.

Kind regards,

Jamie Morton
2016 Project Manager

Engineering Manager’s Summary

This is my most satisfying newsletter article to write for the year, telling you about our successes at the recent Formula SAE Australasia competition. All of this could not have been possible without our team members, and, of course, our sponsors and supporters.
The team achieved many of our various goals at the 2016 Competition. We improved our scores in the Cost and Engineering Design events, plus we finished every dynamic event. We placed 15th overall, and in the top ten for internal combustion vehicles. This is something that everyone in our team can be proud of, while still leaving us plenty of room to improve in the future. We can look back fondly at our finished product, ADL-16.

ADL-16 in action during the Autocross event

To our team members, a big thank you! While there were plenty of early mornings, late nights and long days, I hope that you have gained as much from 2016 as I have. Not only did you help to design, build and compete a race car, but you also put your careers one step ahead of many other young engineers, marketers and business people.
To our sponsors and supporters, including our friends and families, thank you for your help. Your contribution, be it time, money, advice or support, went a long way to help us achieve what we did.

Celebrations after completing the Endurance event

Despite the last FSAE year being barely over, our team has already commenced planning in earnest for 2017. This looks like an exciting year, especially given where we can head from our recent successes.
To a certain extent, 2017 makes a changing of the guard for the Adelaide University Motorsport Team, with new management keen to lead the team further. I would like to take this chance to say thank you to Jamie Morton, our outgoing Project Manager. Although I will do my best, your efforts will not be easy to follow. To Matt Howe, my successor as Engineering Manager, and Aidan Scanlon and Calum MacDougall, our new Technical Directors, welcome aboard. I am keen to see you grow further from your previous junior management roles.
I look forward to seeing you all, team members, sponsors and supporters, throughout the 2017 Formula SAE year.
Remember, only 332 sleeps remain until Formula SAE Australasia 2017…

Kailin Sullivan
2016 Engineering Manager

Business Manager’s Summary

2016 has been another challenging, but exciting year. First and foremost, I must thank all the team’s sponsors, without whom this project would not exist. As Business Manager,  I have enjoyed getting to know all our sponsors, and working on building strong relationships with those who support the team.

As I mentioned, this year has seen a significant increase in the team’s involvement in external events and community. From the university’s O-Week in March 2016, where the team and vehicle were on display and eager to talk to new students, to visiting the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, where we enjoyed presenting the team to the wider public. The team also displayed at the Adelaide University final year project exposition, Ingenuity, to industry representatives and the public. At the end of Semester 1 and 2 the Club and Team held fundraising BBQs on campus, raising over $400 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of SA. These are just a few of the events which the team attended in 2016. We are already planning for more events in 2017, including a Sponsor Drive Day in the summer.

Left to right: BBQ for the MS Foundation in November; Presenting to new students at O-Week in March 2016; ADL-15 at RAA Street Smart in July 2016.

2017 is set to be an exciting year with the opportunities that will arise for both the internal combustion and the electric vehicles. We thank you for your continued interest in the team, and hope you have had a safe and enjoyable New Year.

Many thanks,

Scott Adamson
2016 Business Manager