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Osaka Team comes in with an overall 2nd Place in the 11th All Japan Student Formula Races


In the 11th All Japan Student Formula Races held at ECOPA (Ogasayama Sports Park ECOPA) in Shizuoka Prefecture (Tuesday, September 3 ~ Saturday, September 7), the 24-student-member Osaka University team, known as OFRAC, narrowly lost out, winning 2nd place in overall points, in a competition among 78 teams. For their achievement, they received a Special Prize and the ‪Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism‬ Award.

The All Japan Student Formula Races are an event held every year in which students plan, design, and assemble their own small racing cars, competing in the total process of building the machine, with industry-university cooperation and support from public and private sectors, a process which encourages and develops talented personnel in the filed of automobile technology.

Osaka University has participated since the All Japan Student Formula Races were first held; 2013 is the 6th year in a row in which OU has achieved 6th place or higher. In 2010, they even achieved 1st place!

The students who participated are already talking about what they'll do next year, saying, "We just missed first place by a few points to our great regret. We're already gearing up to win 1st place next year!"

Note: Student Formula Racing is also known as "Design and Construction Competition," a project in which students learn independently by making a small racing car, a technique that is known as Project-Based Learning, that both trains people and is an education activity. Its value as an educational technique is recognized around the world. Some 500 teams in 35 countries participate in these competition, all following the same rules.

Go here to view the 11th All Japan Student Formula Race homepage.

Osaka Team Members

The Osaka University formula car won 1st place in the Design category.

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