Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently answered questions:
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to Email us and we’ll get back to you shortly.

1. Who drives the car?
Each dedicated member of our team will get at least one chance to drive our cars. For the most part driving is a reward for effort. At the competitions at least four and a maximum of six drivers must be chosen from the ranks of the team, the reason for this is that the competition remains design based – teams with a particularly good driver should have no advantage.

2. How fast is the car?
Based on gearing the car should be capable of around 170km/h, however due to the drag of the large Aerodynamics package we are currently running a top speed of around 115km/h. The characteristics of the tracks we compete on see an average speed of 65km/h and a maximum of 125km/h.

3. How much horsepower does the car have?
For internal combustion engined cars, there is a mandatory rule to suck all the air required by the engine through a restrictor of only 20mm. Thus, the possible engine power of 110 hp (factory specification of our engine) is limited to about 80hp, however this is measured at the wheels (after drivetrain losses) so is not too far off the standard bike thanks to our tuner.

4. How much of the car do you actually build?
We design and manufacture most of the parts of the car. We are fortunate enough to have the resources to be able to start from a conceptual stage, finalize designs, and either manufacture parts in-house through University technicians, or out-source it from other companies. There are parts on the car, such as engines, dampers and other parts, that we purchase due to their complexity.

5. Where and when do the competition take place?
Formula SAE competitions are held worldwide each year at various locations. Our “home event” has taken place in December in Victoria for many years now, with the 2014 competition being held from the 11th to 14th of December at Calder Park Raceway (again in Victoria).

6. Who is funding the project?
The Curtin Department of Mechanical Engineering currently funds the majority of the project. We also welcome funding and donations from sponsors. We are always open to further sponsorship from businesses or individuals, and all sponsorship is tax deductible.

7. How much time is required to be a part of the team?
The amount of time that you want to put into the team is up to you, the more time you put into the team the more you will learn. If you want to do a project on the team you will need to give at least 10hrs a week, however that doesn’t mean you need to spend 10hrs in our workshop.

8. Why do you take part in the project?
This project provides us the unique possibility to experience the product development process from scratch at University, giving us a playground to put into practice the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom. Also, students taking part in the project often use the in-depth knowledge gained to help support their Final Year (Honors) Research Project, and generally are better equipped than those who have not been part of CMT.

9. What projects are available on CMT?
The short answer is ‘a lot’. The long answer is; the car is broken down into five technical areas and these can then be broken down further into approximately 20 main projects that are available. These projects encompass all areas of the car, and can include administration jobs. For a more detailed list please refer to our website, or contact us.

10. Building cars doesn’t really interest me, can I help out in other areas?
Yes. CMT has numerous support roles, such as: the marketing, promotion, and financial sides of CMT which are just as important to the project as our technical roles. CMT operates as a business and all areas must work together.

11. Why did you choose the number “14”?
CMT has chosen the number 14 to symbolise John Curtin being elected Australia’s 14th Prime Minister.