Labour Day marks the traditional end of summer, and drivers everywhere are putting away their white racing suits. As the racing season nears its end, the school year starts. Daniel Demaras begins his post-secondary education this week, and he’s looking forward to learning more about the University of Toronto Formula Racing Team (UTFR) the school’s Formula SAE team.

Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1980. Student competitors from schools around the world produce a prototype race car, evaluated for on-track safety and promoting clever problem solving.

U of T began its involvement in Formula SAE in 1997, and in 2003, 2005, and 2006, the UTFR team took three overall championships at Formula Student UK. Over the course of 20 years, the designs moved from steel spaceframes, to hybrid concepts, to a full monocoque. Aerodynamics packages were created to improve high-speed cornering capability and recent concepts include a drag reduction system and electric shifter.

UTFR will host their 17th annual “Shootout” at Brechin Motorsports Park on Saturay, October 2nd, 2021. Several other Formula SAE teams will be on track, hopefully including the Ryerson University team car that little Michelle Demaras tried on for size way back at the 2019 Honda Indy Toronto.

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