The Bengawan Formula Student Team, representing Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS), recently secured 3rd place in the Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Award category at the annual FSAE Japan 2023 event. The competition, a spotlight for electric car enthusiasts and innovators, took place between 28 August and 2 September 2023. Organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc., the event saw participation from 77 teams across six nations: Japan, Thailand, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
FSAE Japan challenges participating teams to design and manufacture a formula race car. Tegar Aryoseno, the team leader and a student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, clarified the competition’s structure. According to him, the event was divided into static and dynamic segments. The static section focuses on business plans, cost and manufacturing reports, design presentations, and technical inspections. On the other hand, the dynamic events test the vehicles through acceleration, skid pad, autocross, endurance, and efficiency challenges.
An additional layer to this competition is the special award categories, with the CAE Awards being particularly notable. Designed to acknowledge teams that excel in using CAE technology for innovative and efficient designs, the CAE Awards stand as a testament to modern engineering’s prowess.
Aryoseno expressed profound joy and gratitude for the team’s victory, especially noting that the team had taken a three-year hiatus. “It’s a significant achievement for us. Even though we had a break for three years, we managed to stand out amongst 76 other teams from diverse universities and nations. The journey was demanding, yet, with unwavering support from UNS, our sponsors, and all associated parties, we emerged victorious,” he remarked.
Aryoseno further recognized the immense dedication and tireless effort of his team, which had been preparing for this competition throughout the past year. The team benefited from the expertise of their mentors: Professor Ubaidillah, Professor Agung Tri Wijayanta, and Professor Syamsul Hadi from the Faculty of Engineering.
The victory of the Bengawan Formula Student Team from UNS at the FSAE Japan 2023 reiterates the potential and brilliance of young engineers and offers a glimpse into the future of automotive innovation.