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Fitness prepares Waikato student drivers for international competition.

25 Nov 2014

The countdown is on for the University of Waikato Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team Formula SAE- Australasia competition in Melbourne next month.

The car the WESMO team has been working on is ready to be air freighted to Australia later this week, followed by the team on December 3.

UniRec has sponsored the five drivers involved and assisted them with strength and resistance training in the lead up to the prestigious competition.

Ryan Belworthy, one of the drivers says the car will be competitive at the event.

“The car isn't completely finished, but it was at a stage where we could test it last week. We managed to get all the drivers in the car and comfortable with the new gear shifting system. The car handled great and reacted positively to some of the changes we made.

“In terms of fitness, although we haven't been using UniRec as much as we would have liked lately, but we all know that the training really has made a difference. Most of us were able to push the car harder for longer without fatiguing or making mistakes.

“Overall there is still a bit to finish, but it was a very successful shakedown and we are looking forward to finishing the final touches. The team has done an outstanding job of designing and building this year’s car and it is all starting to pay off,” Ryan says.

The team hopes to better last year’s sixth placing at the Formula SAE- Australasia competition and retain the number one New Zealand university placing.

The competition, which will be held from December 11-14, includes 26 teams and involves static and dynamic events, such as design, business and cost presentations, quality tests and racing events.

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