This design for the University of Queensland’s 2003 Formula SAE chassis will be the building block for the creation of a new highly competitive car. With a mass of only 19.5 Kg, as low as any university worldwide utilising traditional space frame construction it will be able to maximise the way engine torque is put to use. Its high torsional rigidity will make for excellent road response while maintaining the desired suspension geometry.
Static testing of previous years chasses has proven the accuracy of using finite element analysis for such designs. Material selection and manufacturing ideals have also lead to a design that will be easy to build to a high degree of efficiency.
The process for designing this chassis has explicitly defined here so as to allow future teams to build from the initial concept and continue to improve.