U of T FSAE Racing kicked off the competition season with a good start at FSAE Michigan from May 13-16. With signs of improvement, gratifying results and learned lessons, the competition gave a promising outlook for the rest of the season.
Although the static events were slightly under-performed this year compared to the last, the team saw an improvement on its design score – a key performance indicator of the quality of engineering exercised at the team. This year’s car also saw major improvement to the reliability which resulted in a better overall performance of the car. In fact, UT15 outperformed her predecessor on all dynamic events! Sitting (just barely) on the edge of our seats, it was thrilling to see UT15 compete and finish the dynamic events: Acceleration, Skidpad, Autocross and Endurance. This was the first time in seven years that the team had the satisfaction of witnessing U of T finish an endurance race at a major competition.
Reflecting on the happenings at Michigan, U of T FSAE had learned a lot from both successes and mistakes. The team benefited greatly from preparation as technical inspections were passed with relative ease (with the notable exception of noise inspection) which afforded the team time to test as well as time to enjoy the event. Ultimately the experience at FSAE Michigan was invaluable to U of T FSAE. The team returned to Toronto content with the results but hungry for progress. Archiving the memories from Michigan, the team looks forward to the promise that awaits us in Barrie.