The team has been really lucky this year to have the owner of Kartbahn as a mentor and generous supported of the team, he recently let us test our car and try out some new drivers at his indoor Go-Karting facility! This is very valuable to the team as winter testing is unheard of! Thank you Kartbahn!
The Dalhousie Student Union is the governing body for student societies at Dalhousie University, they’ve always been a big supported of school teams, and they’ve just confirmed they’ll be a Silver sponsor again this year! Thanks DSU!
Pratt & Whitney Canada has been a sponsor of the Formula SAE Team for several years now! We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be working with them again this year! Thanks Pratt & Whitney!
The frame is here! Cartesian Tube Profiling/VR3 Engineering has once again generously helped us with our frame profiles! Thanks Cartesian!
Engineers Nova Scotia has been a generous sponsor of the Formula SAE Team since we first began competing. This year is no exception as they just confirmed they’ll be a Bronze sponsor for the 2013-14 competing year!
GasTOPS is local to Dartmouth, NS and has been an employer to students on a team, as well as team alumni. We’re really excited to have them back as a Bronze level sponsor again this year!
Today the team submitted their Business Logic Case for the Formula SAE Michigan Competition in May 2014. The team registered for the competition on October 7th!
Cartesian Tube Profiling has been working with Dalhousie Formula SAE for several years now helping create the frame members, the team is excited to once again have them as a Bronze Sponsor!
Today the team submitted their Business Logic Case for the UK Formula Student Competition. If selected, they will have the opportunity to compete at the Silverstone Circuit in July 2014!
The team was recently featured in the North Dartmouth Echo after attending Dartmouth High School to talk to students about Engineering and the Formula SAE Team, check out the article below!
Auto21 has been a generous sponsor for Dalhousie Formula SAE for several years now, once again we are so excited to have them on board for the 2013-2014 competing season!
The Dalhousie Formula SAE Team is excited to once again have the Dalhousie President’s Office as a bronze level sponsor for the 2013-2014 season!
Our team, attending the 2013 FSAE Workshop over the web. We are learning about design, sponsorship, and how to be a better team. Thanks to the SAE for having this workshop and allowing us to participate from so far away!
The team is once again excited to be competing at the Formula SAE Michigan Competition in May, 2014! The team registered today and confirmed that they will be car number 59!
Welcome to the family, Cam Tran Co Ltd! This is the first year Dalhousie Formula SAE has had Cam Tran Co Ltd as a Bronze Sponsor! Competitions would be not be possible without the generous donations of sponsors new and old, so Dalhousie is really excited to be working with Cam Tran Co Ltd.
The Formula SAE Team looks forward to attending the Annual Alumni Golf Tournament each year, and 2013 was no exception, you can see the car pictured below at the Glen Arbour Golf Course. We met some fantastic alumni and had an awesome day! Thanks Dalhousie Alumni Relations for inviting us!
Today we welcomed a bunch of new faces to our Formula Family! We’re getting really excited for what this year will have in store!
Today the team spent the day at the Society Carnival hosted by the Dalhousie Student Union! We’re really excited about all the eager new students we met!
Andy’s Auto Sport has sponsored the team for the 2014 season. Andy’s Auto Sport is one of the world’s leading retailers of autmotive products including body kits, cold air intakes, and other accessories. Check them out at www.andysautosport.com!
The results of Formula Student UK are in and we placed 56th overall, with 0 dynamic points.
A few years ago we might have been happy with this result, but given how things went in Michigan this year, we are disappointed.
If they awarded points for engine swaps, we’d have won that event. We broke one engine while trying to comply with noise regulations (despite meeting them in the US) and we severely damaged our second engine when the shaft of the oil pump failed and the engine ran without oil. We removed and replaced our engine twice in the span of 24 hours.
We missed three of the four dynamic events while repairing, and we got 100 ft into the endurance event when our spare engine (dubbed “engine 2.5″) failed and left pieces of a piston connecting rod all over Silverstone’s Copse Corner.
It was a frustrating weekend, and we are confident that had these two unrelated major mechanical failures not occurred, we would have completed every event and would likely have placed in the 30s or 20s.
The bright side to all of this, however, is that we gained an immense amount of knowledge. The weekend demonstrated how important it is to consider engine removal when designing a car. Every fastener we unscrewed and screwed and unscrewed again was a reminder of how crucial it is to limit the number of fasteners we use. We learned much more about our engines (which were the victims of our mechanical issues, not the cause). These are lessons that are only truly learned through experience. As much as we would have liked to finish higher, in a way, the weekend we had was much more valuable for the team in the long term. Had we finished around 25th, we wouldn’t have learned a fraction of what we learned by spending the weekend in the garage. At a fundamental level, that’s what these competitions are all about.
However, we hope never to repeat this. These competitions are also about racing, and we didn’t get to do much of that.
We had a valuable weekend, if not a valued weekend.
We enjoyed meeting other teams and seeing other cars we would never see in North America. It was encouraging having so many different teams stop by to take photos of our rear anti-roll bar. It was great to be at Silverstone, a circuit with incredible heritage in the world of motorsports. We hope to be back.
Thank you to all the teams who helped us out and gave us their moral and technical support, and thank you to Dalhousie University and all of our sponsors who support us on this amazing journey of motorsports.
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Once again, the kind people at SureShot Dispensing Systems have provided the team with CNC and laser cutting capabilities.
Based in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, SureShot manufactures many different precision dispensers for the food industry including sugar and cream dispensers for coffee chains. If you see a cream, milk, or sugar dispenser in North America, chances are it was made by SureShot in Nova Scotia. We even ran into one in Pennsylvania when we were driving to Michigan.
They also CNC milled our uprights and hubs. They are works of art.
Thank you so much to Mike Duck, Brian Gay, and everyone else at SureShot Dispensing Systems!
Dalhousie FSAE has returned from our most successful year at competition. This we, we finished every single event, including the notorious endurance event. This year in Michigan, we finished 40th overall out of 120 teams – the highest we have ever placed in our short four years of competing.
This would not have been possible without all the hard work of all of our team members, or without the support of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Engineering and all of our sponsors. Thank you for your help and support. We would not be where we are without you.
Let’s see where we go next.
Sigma Performance has provided us with a discount on their Honda CBR 600 slipper clutch. While a normal CBR 600 RR clutch only requires the driver to clutch in on downshifts, Sigma’s slipper clutch allows the driver to avoid using the clutch altogether. This makes downshifting faster and easier, and simplifies the design requirements for our new electronic paddle shifting system. Thank you Sigma Performance!
Bruce & Monahan Chartered Accountants have offered to sponsor us this season!
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bruce & Monahan offer accounting and tax advising services to clients throughout Atlantic Canada.
Thank you Bruce & Monahan!