A formula racing team made up of Hong Kong university students will enter a student formula electric car race to be held in China next month.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University organized the team, the first university team to represent Hong Kong in the Formula Student Electric China race.
This year’s competition will be held in Xiangyang city in Hubei province in October, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The team is led by Nate Tang Tsz-chung, who co-founded the team and is its captain.
It will compete with 43 other teams from China.
Among its members are more than 70 students across different faculties in the university, including business school, engineering and design.
When it was formed in 2015, the team only had nine mechanical engineering majors as core members.
The team is supported by internal advisers as well as professional formula car drivers.
Tang, now a mechanical engineering graduate, said the team faced many hardships during its formation.
He said it did not receive favorable comments from the academic staff despite having convinced the university about its prospects in written reports.
The team spent more than HK$500,000 on the design, research and development of the electric formula racing car over two years.
It received sponsorship of about HK$1 million from the university and the electic car industry, a source said.
Eventually, the team attracted more than 30 companies to sponsor the project.
About 80 percent of the parts were designed by team members, with the body shell made up of carbon fiber. The front wing was produced using 3D printing technology. The four-wheel drive vehicle is powered by a dual-motor engine.
A team member expects the team to win the new racing team award and eventually advance to the top three student racing teams in China in five years.
The team also hopes to join competitions in other countries such as Germany and Japan in the future, the member said.
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