66 Magazine Issue 4 Summer 2018 - Page 23

FORMUL A SAE TEAM L AUNCHES 2018 CHALLENGER Auckland University’s Faculty of Engineering has unveiled a new car design, the M018. The latest Formula SAE race car, designed by students at Auckland University’s Faculty of Engineering, was unveiled during November at a special event held at the Giltrap Group’s head offices. Alongside the new car at the event were a collection of past FSAE competition cars and examples of some of the latest in supercar design, including the $2 million McLaren Senna. The M018 was unveiled by Emma Murray, a long-time financial supporter of the team and Jan McLaren, Bruce McLaren’s younger sister. It was a fitting selection, with Formula SAE Team Leader Lizzy Grant acknowledging the Murray family’s generosity as crucial to the ongoing success of the team and continuing a legacy started by Emma’s late husband, and Faculty of Engineering alumnus, Ian Murray. The M018 also contains a subtle nod to the McLaren family, with a “papaya” stripe up its side reflecting the colour of McLaren’s early Can- Am and F1 racers. During an introductory speech, Sir Colin Giltrap congratulated Lizzy Grant on attaining this year’s Bruce McLaren Scholarship. The scholarship will see her complete a coveted internship with McLaren Automotive at their UK headquarters. During his presentation Sir Colin also discussed the rapidly changing future of the automotive industry, highlighting the extensive range of electric vehicles from names such as Jaguar and Porsche. He said he believes the PORSCHE UNVEILS EIGHTH-GEN 911 AT L A M OTO R S H OW Porsche says that while the new 911 features more power, more digitisation and more efficiency than its predecessor, it remains a pure sportscar and the ‘pulsing heart’ of the brand. Unmistakably committed to the Porsche design DNA but exhibiting a more muscular look, the new 992-generation 911 is longer, wider and taller than the model it replaces. It has also been engineered to adopt an electrified powertrain at some point during its lifetime. For the time being, however, Porsche engineers have developed the iconic sportscar’s flat-six turbocharged engines to be more powerful than ever before, with 331kW in the Carrera S models. Drive efficiency has been increased with an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. Power is delivered through a newly-developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and top speeds are now 308km/h for the Carrera S and 306km/h for the Carrera 4S all-wheel drive iteration. The latest 911 features wider wings arching over large 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch current FSAE team members are on the right track for a career in the automotive industry, since 2018 marks the third year an electric vehicle has been built for competition. Chief Engineer Blake Roberts reported on the team’s progress over the course of the year, saying the team’s main goal was to get the car running as early as possible so a solid amount of testing could be completed and issues worked through before competition. The M018 first ran in August (the third earliest date in the team’s history), which gave them extra confidence before they headed to Australia. The team are due in Australia in December to compete across a range of competitive static and dynamic events designed to test all facets of the car. wheels at the rear. The rear-wheel drive models now match the bodywork width of the existing all- wheel drive models. The front-end of the new car revives a traditional feature of earlier 911 generations: a forward-extended bonnet with a distinctive recess in front of the windscreen. At the same time, newly developed LED headlights are integrated into the wings, taking the typical 911 round and upright form. Flush integration of the electrical pop-out handles in the doors emphasises the tapered and smooth side contour. The rear of the 992-generation car is dominated by the significantly wider, variable- position spoiler and light bar. As a distinguishing feature, rear-wheel drive models have black louvres, while all-wheel drive models have chrome elements in the rear grille. With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium. Porsche 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration for the straight lines and recessed instruments in the dashboard. Alongside a centrally positioned rev counter, two thin, frameless freeform displays deliver information to the driver. Now 10.9 inches in size, the centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) can be operated quickly and without causing distraction. Although the seat is now positioned five millimetres lower and has a minimally thinner seat cushion, seating comfort has been improved overall.  Additional highlights include Porsche Wet Mode to make driving on wet roads even safer, Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as comprehensive connectivity. The new eighth-generation Porsche 911 will arrive in New Zealand during 2019. 66 MagAzine SUMMER 2018 21