Taylor’s University Racing Team, in short Taylor’s Racing Team is on track to secure better position at the Educational Innovation of Motorsport and Automotive (EIMA) Race in Kuantan, happening this September and at the 2016 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (Formula SAE-E) in Melbourne, Australia. The latter happens for 8 to 13 December 2016.
Taylor’s Racing Team was the first Malaysian team to quality and race in the Formula SAE-A competition in Melbourne, Australia in December 2015. Our local guys was placed third in the business presentation category and twenty fifth in the race which comprised of 35 teams last year.
The achievement placed the Taylor’s Racing Team at 322 out of 528 teams worldwide in the Formula Student World Ranking for Combustion Car, higher than other well known universities, including the Cambridge University. The team has been racing in the EIMA Race since 2012.
During the rollout event, Taylor’s University Acting Dean, School of Engineering, Associate Professor Dr Ir Satesh Narayana Namasivayam, said, “At Taylor’s School of Engineering, we have a deep-seated belief that every student should embrace their passion. Through the Taylor’s Racing Team project, we hope to inspire our students to explore new ideas using the project-based learning approach, which puts their knowledge into practice.”
“The Taylor’s Racing Team has grown from strength to strength since they started out in 2010 with only eight team members. The team has gained the mechanical skills, which are essential to fine tune the race car. The experiences they went through in both local races also enhanced their innovative skills, communication capabilities and teamwork,” he added.
Taylor’s School of Engineering is the first private university in Malaysia to utilize the CDIO framework (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate) which provides aspiring engineers the required exposure to real world issues and proper hands-on experience to develop the necessary work skills.
Commenting on this year’s team, chief engineer and lead driver Farah Danial, said, “2016 is an exciting year for the Taylor’s Racing Team. For the first time, we have increased our team to 29 members. The team consists not only of engineering students, but also involves students from Taylor’s Business School, School of Computing & IT as well as the School of Communication. We also manage everything from car design, equipment sourcing, materials and components, scheduling, budgeting, sponsorship to manufacturing and car testing.”
Farah is the only female driver in the 2015 Formula SAE-A racing team.
For this 2016, Taylor’s Racing Team will be racing with the upgraded Epifany in the EIMA Race and the brand new racer, the TR16, fitted with a Yamaha R6 engine at Melbourne.
“By capitalizing on team members’ different skillsets, we managed to achieve several breakthroughs in terms of the race cars’ design and performance. This year’s race cars feature an aerodynamics kit which consist of a diffuser, a new 3D printed air intake system as well as a new body design,” she added.
“We believe this new challenger is capable of a higher level of performance than the previous car and is able to carry Malaysia’s name into the global arena at world renowned races like the Formula SAE Germany and Silverstone in the near future,” Farah Danial said.