Fueling campus life

FSAE car
Photo by Armando Tura

Every year, the UVic Alumni Association supports a range of exciting and dynamic student and alumni projects with grants allocated from the Alumni Fund.

One of the many recent grants went to the Formula Motorsport Club. This student-run team designs, manufactures, assembles and competes with an open-wheel Formula-style race car in the world’s largest collegiate design competition, Formula SAE.

The challenge helps club members—mainly engineering, business and computer science students—develop hands-on and technical knowledge. They get to put into practice what they learn in the classroom and gain a wide range of other practical skills that are pivotal for their future success.

The past year’s team had a goal to reduce the weight of the car’s frame by five per cent, and needed to purchase critical new components to achieve that objective. They hoped this car would race well at Formula SAE Michigan, one of the most competitive competitions in the continent.

With the help of your donations, they received $1,000 to partially fund a new steel space frame. At Michigan International Speedway, their lighter weight car placed an impressive 27th (out of 120 competitors), making them the 2nd best team from Canada.

The success of Formula Motorsport Club is just one example of how the alumni community helps students access extraordinary learning opportunities and make the most of their university experience.

You can support projects like this with your contribution to the UVic Alumni Fund.