Redback Racing

Redback Racing design, construct and race an open-wheeled race car to compete against universities from around the world in the Formula SAE Australasia Competition.

About Redback Racing

Who we are

The Redback Racing team competes in Formula SAE/Formula Student competitions, which are designed to improve the quality of engineering graduates through practical experience. Students are challenged to apply the knowledge they learned in their studies to the design and manufacture of a full-sized racing car.

Formula SAE/Formula Student is the largest student engineering design competition in the world, with over 500 teams from multiple continents competing to win multiple events around the world held each year. Redback Racing competes against other leading universities from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, Poland, Malaysia and India.

Major goals and achievements

  • 2017 – 4th place overall in Formula SAE-A Competition (IC Class)
  • 2016, 2015, 2013 and 2012 – 1st place in Formula SAE-A: Cost Effective Vehicle event
  • 2017 and 2014  – 2nd place in Formula SAE-A: Cost Effective Vehicle event
  • 2012 – 6th place overall in Formula SAE-A Competition
  • 2006 – 3rd place overall in Formula SAE-A Competition
  • 2000 – 1st place overall in Formula SAE-A Competition
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Information for students

Who we are looking for

We are looking for passionate students who are interested in learning and applying themselves to new challenges. We welcome students from all disciplines and years! Each year, students lead the design and manufacture of a new vehicle, including the management of the team’s image, funding and sponsor relations.

 

Redback Racing Team

Why you should join?

  • Great sense of achievement. Redback Racing designs, builds and races new vehicles every year, so students develop their work from blank page to the race track.
  • Practical experience - build soft and technical skills in a supportive environment. An opportunity to test out your innovative ideas, whilst learning about concepts spanning multiple industries.
  • Great addition to your CV. Interviewers are very impressed by involvement in the competition and many Redback Racers are now employed by major global companies.
  • Lifelong friendships and connections. At Redback Racing we are a happy, hardworking family and the Formula SAE culture fosters a close collegiate atmosphere across teams from many universities.
  • New skills and knowledge in: engineering design and manufacturing methods; race engineering fundamentals; vehicle suspension design; engine and drivetrain design; aerodynamic component design and CFD; electronics and control system design; software design; project management; event management; financial management; internal and external communications; marketing content creation and more.
My Story - Austin Howard

My story

Austin Howard joined Redback Racing in the third year of his Mechatronic Engineering/Computer Science degree. Now, as Team Leader, he reflects on his Redback Racing journey:

“I’ve always had an interest in motorsports and wanted to apply what I was learning at uni to the areas I enjoyed. Redback Racing gave me the opportunity to develop as a professional and compete in a challenging competition, while also gaining experience in an area of the industry I wanted to work in.

The team environment at Redback is fantastic - it’s a lot of fun to work on and develop a project like this one, with people who share your motivation and interest. A collective feeling of accomplishment runs throughout the team as the car comes together, and it transforms from a lab project into a real life product on the race track.

Redback has given me the opportunity to learn in an entirely different way about my classroom knowledge, and gain valuable new information in an area I’m passionate about. My involvement even secured me a dream internship at a large company in the Australian automotive industry. 

Redback Racing has been a huge part of my uni experience, and will be one of the largest contributors to defining me as a graduate engineer.”

“Redback has given me the opportunity to learn in an entirely different way about my classroom knowledge, and gain valuable new information in an area I’m passionate about.  It’s a lot of fun to work on this project with people who share your motivation and interest, and watch as it transforms from a lab project into a real life product on the race track."

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Information for Sponsors

Can you help?

We are actively seeking sponsors to help us achieve our team goals. Whether it be material, funding, software or training to develop our students as top engineers through our new vehicle each year, we are always happy to connect with companies from many industries and develop new sponsorships.

The aim of Formula SAE is to develop the best university graduates for the industries they are preparing to work in. Redback Racing’s sponsors and supporters can see the benefits for students participating in Formula SAE/Formula Student, and how it provides extensive opportunities for students to develop into all-rounded professionals.

If you are interested in sponsoring Redback Racing, please contact Richard Hopkins: engprojects@unsw.edu.au

What’s in it for you?

  • Access to and engagement with USNW Engineering’s top students
  • Ability to trial students via UNSW Engineering’s Industrial Training Program
  • Networking opportunities with other industry partners, UNSW academic and research staff and UNSW’s top students
  • Advertise graduate positions directly to UNSW Engineering students
  • Media and branding opportunities
  • News items and photos for your internal communications promotion