The end of the 2011-2012 school year marked the beginning of an era for UCLA's Formula SAE team. Despite being just a quarter old, after its founding in April 2012, UCLA Formula Racing has made great strides towards developing its first car.
This would not have been possible without the dedication of its club members. At meetings held twice a week, members worked to develop an understanding of not only Formula SAE cars, but engineering concepts in general. Whether it was researching vehicle dynamics or designing a prototype steering rack, these members were constantly working on our car.
While car development was an important part of this quarter, UCLA Formula Racing was created to be much more. Founders Matthew Shadish, Anthony Wong, and Alec Fredriksson also created it with the goal of educating members in the process.
One of the most noteworthy examples of our commitment to this philosophy was our first Solidworks tutorial. This two-hour interactive lesson exposed the team to important computer-aided design concepts. By the end of the tutorial, members were able to create a variety of objects in Solidworks, including actual automotive components that they will be working with during the year, such as brake disks.
With a successful quarter behind us, UCLA Formula Racing is now setting its sights on the year ahead. While we will face countless challenges as we build our school's first Formula SAE car, the lessons learned will play a large part in the strengthening of not only ourselves, but also of the future of our team.