The HKPolyU Racing Team has finished the 2019 Formula Student Electric China (FSEC) competition on 18 to 23 Nov 2019 at the Zhuhai Airshow Center, China.
In the FSEC held in Zhuhai this year, nearly 2,000 students from 54 pure electric fleets and 14 self-driving fleets came here through breakthrough levels. The HKPolyU Racing, the first and only formula racing team, formed by Hong Kong local university students, has been representing Hong Kong to compete in the Formula Student Electric China (FSEC) since 2017.
At the FSEC 2019, besides competing in the car’s overall design and technical features, as well as contesting on the racing track its acceleration, control, endurance, and various functions, the team also had to present its business proposal. It was thrilling that the HKPolyU Racing Team ranked 31 out of the 54 participating teams in terms of overall results, which was a step ahead compared to 2018 season and the best percentage amongst the three straight seasons.
Achievements of the HKPolyU Racing Team in FSEC 2019 included:
- ranked 7th in the Business Presentation Event
- passing all scrutineering checks
- finished competing in 2 out of 4 dynamic events; skid-pad & autocross
It took the team the whole year to design and manufacture the car. Their dedication and enthusiasm have gained tremendous support from various external parties as well as the University. This year, more than 20 industrialists or organizations offered substantial sponsorships through various means like giving the students financial back-up, sponsoring materials, offering technical advice, providing a testing venue, etc. The team obtained over 2 million HK dollars donations in the past year, and the main donors were as follows:
- HKI China Land Limited
- Kolinker Industrial Equipments Ltd.
- Ngai Hing Hong Plastic Materials (Hong Kong) Ltd.
- Dr Hou Lee Tsun, Laurence
- Hong Kong Productivity Council
Their dream of racing was triggered by 9 PolyU Mechanical Engineering students in 2015, who aspired to construct their Final Year Project on building a racing car for joining a formula competition. Since then, the team of the 9 core members has gradually grown into a team with over 70 students from different disciplines.
It was a huge step for the students to spark a racing dream and take to the large-scale annual international competition. Their initiative, aspiration, creativity and endurance are what we really proud of.