A celebration honouring The University of Western Australia's world-beating Motorsport team will have some special guests - Fran Logan, Minister for Energy, Resources, Industry and Enterprise, as well as visitors from the universities of Zhejiang and Kobe.
"With their distinctive yellow vehicle, the Motorsport team have certainly helped to put this University on the world map, proving that when it comes to achieving international excellence, we talk the talk and walk the walk," UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said.
The team, mostly engineering students, but also students from other faculties, edged out more than 100 other teams, to win the competition held at the Michigan International Speedway over several days earlier this year.
Students all over the world conceived, designed, fabricated and raced an open-wheel race car. Cars are built in a year by a team of up to 60 students. They raced in their seventh car this year and already they are on the way to building the eighth.
The UWA team also won the Australasian Formula SAE Championships in December last year, which entitled them to compete in the World Cup in Michigan.
"What's really exciting is the extraordinary skill shown by our students in teamwork, management and leadership, technology, design and analysis, financial management, health and safety and marketing," Professor Robson said.
Experience on the team ensures that UWA graduates are well-prepared for employment as engineers and managers. They are highly sought after by employers such as BMW, General Motors, Holden, the Ford Motor Company as well as in the fields of mining, minerals, and research and development with companies such as BP, Chevron, Worley Parsons.
The celebration will be held at 6pm on Friday August 22 at Hackett Hall.
Gurkaran Bansal (Motorsport Manager) (+61 8) 6488 7912 / (+61 4) 15 568 376
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716