The Griffith University Racing Team car, known as GRT19 Bronte, was designed and engineered by students at Griffith with the help of the ATL Composites team to compete in the Formula SAE Australasia.
Formula SAE Australasia, founded in 2000, has grown to involve around 35 universities from around the world designing, building and competing in their unique Formula-style open-wheeled racing cars as part of a 12-month curriculum program.
Griffith Racing Team finished third overall, their best result to date, but winning wasn’t the only goal of this project. Daniel Scherger, Head of Sponsorship, explained, “The aim of this year’s project was to increase our knowledge of working with composites.”
Jonah Osborne of ATL said, “We spent time with the Griffith designers to provide a comprehensive package and training in how to use the products to best advantage. They picked it up quickly and were pleased with the strength and light-weight they were able to achieve with composite materials.”
ATL Composites provided carbon fiber and glass fiber rolls, as well as Divinycell foam, which offers high strength to weight ratio, the Duratec surfacing range, Techniglue high strength adhesives and Kinetix laminating epoxy systems.
“A major goal of the project was to complete a full aerodynamic package for our vehicle,” said Mr. Daniel. “Composite manufacturing has been an area of knowledge the team lacked after completing three vehicles previously with little composite material.” Mr. Daniel continued, “It was a major challenge for the team to learn composite manufacturing from scratch; from composite molds to manufacturing components like the endplates and diffuser.”
In 2020, the Team will switch from their original internal combustion platform to build their first electric vehicle. Mr. Scherger added about future plans, “In addition, we hope to build a composite monocoque chassis for our next vehicle.”