UTEF (English)

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We make formula racing cars from zero and aim for the championship in the Formula SAE Japan contest.

目次

    Basic Information

    Administration

    2~3 year students

    Number of Members

    26

    Participation Grades

    Undergraduates + Graduate students

    Selection Process Info

    なし

    Annual Membership Fee

    free in general (members pay the accommodation fee for trips and T-shirts)

    Frequency of Activities

    mainly during weekends and holidays, but almost everyday before the contest in September

    Twitter

    @utff

    Facebook

    @utformula

    LINE

    https://line.me/R/ti/p/%40338gmvs

    Website

    https://utff.com/

    Official Email Address welcome[a]utff.com (Replace [a] with @ when you send the email)
    (Please send an email with [a] as @.)

    A Look at Their Activities




    Overview

    ■Philosophy and Guiding Principles/History

    The University of Tokyo Formula Factory (UTFF) is a team that build formula racing cars all by themselves while aiming for the championship in the Formula Student contest in September every year.

    Through activities such as designing, planning, public relations, etc., members of UTFF acquire practical skills and knowledge that cannot be attained by simply learning in the classroom. We aim to cultivate prospective students that can contribute to society in the future.
     

    ■Activities

    (Before the Coronavirus Pandemic)
    UTFF aims for the championship in Formula SAE Japan, where about 90 teams from Japan compete with each other over the speed, endurance, and the design of their self-made formula cars. To prepare for the contest, members will attend activities at Building #8 of the Faculty of Engineering at the Hongo Campus, on weekends during normal times and almost every day right before the contest in September. Knowledge of mechanical engineering is necessary, so incoming students will receive lectures regarding subjects such as mechanics of materials from senior members. Senior members will be able to take part in teams that are in charge of different parts of the formula racing car, such as the frame, engine, and parts. Eventually, different teams will cooperate to finish the formula car.
     

    (With the Coronavirus Pandemic)
    The activities are generally face-to-face with limitations on time. The content of activities does not change much. In 2021, dynamic examination (examination in which the vehicle is actually driven) was not conducted. UTFF is currently preparing for the contest in September 2022.
     

    ※Regarding resuming face-to-face activities in 2022
    Currently the activities are held face-to-face with coronavirus measures and time limitations.
     

    Composition of Membership

    Number of Members
    ・Approximately 26 people

    Year of Members
    ・Active members are mainly 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year students. Some 4th-year students remain as advisors that give comments through Slack.

    Year of Students that are in Charge of the Activities
    ・In general, 3rd-year students will be in charge of the activities.

    Structure of the Organization
    ・Different groups are responsible for different parts of the car, and each group has a leader.

    Gender Ratio
    ・Most of the members are male students.

    Recruitment Period
    ・Throughout the year.
    ・Many people join during the recruitment period in April and May.

    Attributes
    ・Many students in the natural sciences field participate in the making of the car, while students in the social sciences and humanities field take part in public relations, management, and presentation screening.

    Structure of Organization

    How many students leave the circle after one year?
    Around 15%.

    Frequency of Activities

    ・UTFF’s activities are held on weekends during the semester at the Mechano Design Workshop inside the Faculty of Engineering Building #8 at the Hongo Campus.
    ・During summer and winter vacations UTFF has activities such as machine making and test runs almost every day.

    Annual Schedule

    April: recruitment, machine making
    May~August: test runs (conduct trials to test the functions of the car on the racing tracks)
    Early September: Formula SAE Japan contest
    September~December: proposal and design for the next formula car(reflect on the contest result)
    January~March: machine making

    Recruitment Information

    Selection/No Selection
    ・No Selection

    Eligibility
    ・All Students

    Actual Applicants
    ・Most of the students that enter the team are 1st-year to 3rd-year students.
    ・Those who are interested in F1 racing and machine making.

    Procedure for Admission
    ・Contact UTFF through their email address for recruitment and consult with the member that is in charge of recruitment. If you decide to join, you will be invited to UTFF’s workspace on Slack. We also recruit in the same way outside the regular recruitment period.

    Insiders' thoughts

    ○Pros

    ・Can experience welding and machining for free, which can hardly be experienced elsewhere.
    ・Several former members became professional F1 engineers who are still active now.
    ・Unlike automobile factories that only do part of the manufacturing, UTFF provides members with chances to get in touch with all processes of car making.



    △Cons

    ・The making of racing cars with only students is difficult, and sometimes it takes a long time.
    ・In order to create one racing car, there are so many elements that you need to pay careful attention to and a variety of processes. In the beginning, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the complexity of making a car.

    Recruitment Schedule

    It depends on the situation of the coronavirus pandemic. If the situation gets better, there will be a welcome kart event. If the situation gets worse, UTFF will hold an event introducing UTFF’s basecamp at the Hongo Campus. In both cases, online guidance sessions will be held. The detailed schedule is not decided yet.

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