“Vroom…Vroom Vroom…” In addition to being busy with sport teams, book clubs, part-time jobs, school clubs, and struggling for credits, college students have the dream to race their own race cars on the world stage. The NCKU Formula Racing Team held a race car launch in the afternoon of July 28, displaying a streamlined blue and black second-generation race car - CK02, and introducing its design concept and features, attracting crowds to see the car's stunning style. Taiwan University, Tsinghua University, Taipei University of Technology, and other College Formula Racing Teams also attended the event to listen to the introduction and congratulate and support the team.
President of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Su, Hui-zhen, Dean of the College of Engineering Li, Wei-xian, Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Yang, Tian-xiang and the team unveiled the second generation CK02 race car, which took 11 months to design and complete. Qiao, Guan-wei, team leader of the NCKU Formula Racing Team, said that the design of the second-generation CK02 race car is black and blue, which is an extension of the first-generation Pioneer's black base color design, representing the concept of pure energy of electric vehicles. At the same time, the team also optimized the electric race car's cornering stability, battery endurance and light-weight from the body, chassis, and electric power aspects.
NCKU Formula Racing Team Launches Second-Generation Race Car - CK02
The cancellation of the 2020 Formula SAE (FSAE), the largest international racing event for engineering students, due to the COVID-19 outbreak has been a major setback for the team. "We've been waiting," the team said, "to get that feeling of a car racing down the track. So, we still made the car. Every year we will build a new car instead of modifying the previous generation, so that we can pass on the practical experience to the next generation". President Su also encouraged the students to "continue to make countless possibilities out of mechanical engineering, to see different skies across different areas."
Qiao, Guan-wei said that the team's strength lies in finding the motivation to learn. The team was initially founded by college students who were confused about the future, but later they really made a racing car and even competed overseas. During this process, the team members discovered the joy of applying knowledge in practice and proved that they have the ability to fulfill their dreams.