How do we build race cars? With students just like you.
MUR Motorsports is one team made up of students from a combination of engineering disciplines, working together to design and build Electric and Autonomous race vehicles. The team is split into several sub-teams, who are responsible for an entire sub-system of the project, such as Aerodynamics or Electric Motor Control. Within these teams, each student engineer takes on a design role, where they conceptualize, design, manufacture, integrate, test and validate their own part of the vehicle in a fourteen-month project cycle.
In 2021, MUR Motorsports looks to further develop our autonomous program, moving rapidly towards implementation on a race vehicle. Our electric vehicle also continues to evolve, with exciting developments on the horizon, such as a new carbon fiber monocoque and accumulator development. To assist us with our vision for 2021, we are seeking Capstone students for Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics and Engineering Management roles within our team.
With helpful guidance and support from MUR alumni, fellow students and faculty, and a large network of industry connections, MUR Motorsports gives its members the ideal environment to excel in their final years of university and transition smoothly into professional life. If you are a self-motivated and outcome-focused final year engineering student, why not select MUR as your Capstone Project? Check out the sub-team sections below and find your ideal project. When you're ready, hit apply, and we'll be in touch soon.
Capstone Applications for 2021 are now OPEN !!!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enquiries.
Example Roles: Housing Engineer, Accumulator Engineer
Electric roles will investigate appropriate cells to provide around 400V and 200A to the electric powertrain as well as designing the control circuitry and cabling within the battery. Mechanical roles will design the housing for the battery, keeping in mind safety during assembly and ensuring all rules are met. The accumulator team will be trained to handle hazardous voltage and gain experience in all forms of wiring and circuit design skills. The team will also be responsible for handling, charging and maintaining the current accumulator.
Example roles: Undertray and bodyworks engineer, wing design engineer, mounting design engineers
Enhances vehicular acceleration capabilities through the design, manufacture and validation of a complete aerodynamics package. The project entails running simulations with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), manufacturing components with carbon fibre, and validating simulation results on track. The aerodynamics package consists of an undertray, front wing, rear wing, nosecone, side pods and side wings, which increase load through the tyres by producing downforce.
Example Roles: Software Engineer, Computer Systems Engineer, Control Engineer, Spatial Engineer, Sensors Systems Engineer
The role of the autonomous system will be to perceive and understand, localize and map its environment, and then navigate via a high-level path planner and controller. This year will see the continuation of MUR2020 autonomous research, optimisation and refinement, and the start of testing and implementation into a physical vehicle. This requires various engineers with experience and interest in computer systems, Linux OS, optimisation, systems modelling, non-linear control techniques, sensor fusion, observer design, and spatial engineering techniques.
Example Roles: Steering Actuation Engineer, Braking Actuation Engineer
These roles involve the mechanical design and integration of the autonomous braking and steering systems. This will include working closely with the brakes and steering teams, as well as autonomous electrical, to design and implement robust systems for the actuation of the autonomous vehicle. The team will be trained in handling hazardous voltages as well as CNC machining and welding for appropriate parts of the subsystems.
Brakes & Outboards
Example roles: Brake engineer, outboard design engineer
Brake engineers are responsible for the design of the brake rotor and mounting to the uprights. This role exposes the engineer to mechanical and thermal FEA, as well as general mechanical design. The engineer will also be responsible for the maintenance of the brake pads and bleeding of the system currently implemented on MUR19E.
Chassis & Ergonomics
Example roles: Main structure engineer, Ergonomics engineer
The chassis team is responsible for the design and validation of a rigid structure for the MUR for a new electric car in 2021, as well as maintenance of the 2020 electric vehicle chassis. This involves analysing the chassis structure for driving conditions, designing for the mounting of all other subsystems on the car, designing driver ergonomics to maximise driver performance and ensure the car meets FSAE safety requirements. You will gain from this welding and CNC training.
Coordination & Business Management
Example roles: Sponsorship, marketing manager, finance officer
Coordination & Business Management oversees all non-technical aspects of the project, but must have a general understanding of technical sub-teams for effective sub-team management. Coordination is responsible for building and maintaining relationships externally, with sponsors and various university departments, and internally, between individuals and sub-teams. Additionally, they must manage finance, budgeting, social media, recruitment, marketing, and events.
Electric Motor Control
Example Roles: Motor control, torque vectoring engineer, vehicle modelling engineer
The EMC team are responsible for the core modelling of vehicle dynamics and control systems running the motors. This team designs and tunes systems such as torque vectoring, launch and traction control. The EMC team will be trained to handle the hazardous voltage and will be responsible for general electrical manufacture and wiring of their systems as well as tuning the motors on the dyno.
Low Voltage & Loom
Example Roles: Data Acquisition Engineer, Loom Engineer
These roles will involve the design of the electric car’s wiring harness. The loom provides essential electric connections throughout the car and is critical for success. Data acquisition and sensor selection roles involve integrating components such as the dashboard to effectively relay data to the motor control unit. The team will be trained to understand proper wiring conventions and gain experience in circuit design and programming. The team will also be responsible for the collection and analysis of car data to relay to other subteams during track days.
Suspension & Steering
Example roles: Kinematics, Steering, Activation
Takes responsibility for the steering linkages and dynamic handling of the car using springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and geometric principles. Is also responsible for setting up the car for track days and fine-tuning on track to optimise vehicle performance. From this, you will gain experience and training in welding and CNC machining.