10th October 2016
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE ENGINEERING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS AT INAUGURAL FORMULA SAE ASEAN
10 October 2016 - The inaugural Formula SAE ASEAN concluded yesterday at the Speedway
Plus Circuit, USJ with a team from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) emerging a the Best
Formula SAE (FSAE) is an engineering design competition for students at the tertiary level.
The competition is held regularly in more than 10 countries around the world. FSAE ASEAN is
a collaboration between Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and SAE Malaysia (SAEM), and
are the first movers in bringing this prestigious competition to the ASEAN region.
The final leg of FSAE ASEAN, held between 5th and 9th October 2016 was the pinnacle of an
intense competition that tests the knowledge and skills of engineering students in automotive
technology. In order to emerge as the best team in the competition, teams must adhere to a
multitude of strict vehicle technical and safety requirements, inspected at the different stages
of the competition.
Judging criteria is based generally on students' abilities and vehicle performance. The
students are judged on cost report scoring, design report scoring and business presentation,
making up the Static Event portion of the competition.
The evaluation of the performance of vehicles make up the Dynamic Event. To be able to
compete in the scoring stage, the cars must pass strict inspections by experts; in a controlled
environment designed to ensure safety of teams, stewards and visitors, while proving
engineering concepts in meeting the rules and requirements set in the competition.
The vehicles go through several inspection stations - Scrutineering, Tilt Table Test, and Brake
& Noise Test. Upon passing these inspections, the cars are allowed on the track to be tested
at the scoring stages - Skid Pad, Acceleration, Autocross, Endurance and Fuel Efficiency.
Students taking part in FSAE stand to gain extensive experience from the process of
developing vehicle prototypes that must conform to strict standards. Throughout the
development process, participants gain insights on best engineering practices, product
design, vehicle safety, testing & validation, manufacturing, as well as business elements of
marketing and costing.
"FSAE bridges the gap between the theoretical knowledge gained in class with real world
conditions, pushing them beyond technical factors, and dealing with human and
environmental conditions that can affect the progress of their projects", said SAEM Chairman,
Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim.
MAI Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Madani Sahari explained that FSAE ASEAN is an important
step in enhancing competitiveness of local engineering talent, especially from a young age.
"The future of vehicle manufacturing requires human capital that can cope with the ever
increasing complexity of automotive products and processes. The National Automotive Policy
2014 (NAP 2014) aims to create more than 30,000 high value jobs in design, engineering and
validation by the year 2020. FSAE ASEAN is an important step to accelerate this growth of
talent to develop advance competencies and capabilities within the automotive industry", he
Seven (7) teams from six (6) universities competed at the multi-stage design competition, to
be held annually in Malaysia from this year onwards. This year's competition comprised of
teams from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Taylor's
University, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Inti International University and Universiti
Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
The Best Overall team walks away with a cash prize of RM35,000.
About the Malaysian Automotive Institute
Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), is an agency under the Ministry of International Trade
and Industry (MITI). Serving as the focal point, coordination centre and think tank for the
nation's automotive industry, it functions to enhance technology, human capital, supply
chain, market outreach and aftersales capabilities of all automotive stakeholders and
ecosystems. For information, please visit www.mai.org.my
About SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source
for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 127,000 engineers and technical experts,
we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two
priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting
the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our
philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate