Motorsport team helps students gain technical and business skills

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Curtin Motorsport Team students with their very own designed and manufactured cars at Wanneroo Raceway. Picture: Curtin University

CURTIN Motorsport Team member Sonja Rehbock was at Wanneroo Raceway in December as the team raced its very own designed and manufactured car in the FSWest.

Usually, the Curtin students and teams from the University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University compete in Melbourne in the FSAEA competition but due to Covid-19 they had stayed in Perth.

Ms Rehbock of Carine is in her third year of studying mechanical engineering and finance at Curtin.

She joined the Curtin Motorsport Team partly to be around other like-minded people who are okay with taking on responsibility and have the drive to achieve things.

On the technical side she said the motorsport team was one of the only hands-on things relating to engineering at university and certainly the most relevant to industry.

The motorsport program allows the students to design, create, test and validate the cars, which helps them increase their engineering knowledge, experience, professionalism as well as they learn management, leadership and communication skills.

She said the program taught students technical and business roles.

Her task on the car was getting the 70kg accumulator into the chassis.

She was also part of the finance and fundraising section of the team helping to process invoices and deal with administration tasks.

On the day the University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University teams also raced their cars.

“We (the Curtin team) raced an internal combustion car and didn’t race our electric car as we have only recently started testing it,’’ she said.

The Curtin Motorsport Team-designed and manufactured internal combustion car races at Wanneroo Raceway. Picture: Curtin University