University of Waikato Sponsored Hangout

Build your own race car on a shoestring budget

Love fast cars and engineering? This is your chance to talk to two talented University of Waikato mechanical engineering students who, along with their small team, have designed and built their own racing car for the International Formula SAE-A race - all on a student budget.

Students, Todd Carswell and Josh McIntyre, are part of the "WESMO" team of mechanical and electrical engineering students. In the 2013 race the team placed 6th, which puts them at number 87 in the world (out of over 600 universities).

Their car can go from 0 to 100km/hour in under four seconds, and can hit speeds of 160km/hour. They're going to be sharing their tips on what it takes to build your own car race-track ready car, where to source parts from and the engineering basics you need to know.

Asking questions

You'll be able to ask Todd and Josh your questions before and during the livestream via Science Alert's Facebook event page, the YouTube comments or via Twitter using the hashtag #UoWHangout.

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Hangout details

Host: Fiona MacDonald, editor of ScienceAlert

Guests: Todd Carswell and Josh McIntyre - fourth year mechanical engineering students at the University of Waikato. Todd is a member of the "Powertrain Team" within the WESMO racing team, while Josh is a WESMO chief engineer.

Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014

Time: 5.30pm NZST

Where: Here on this page. The video of the live hangout will be embedded on this page 15 minutes before the event.

What if I can't make it?

The University of Waikato will be uploading the complete hangout to their YouTube channel following the completion of the Hangout.

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