Staying true to the materials and techniques used in the manufacture of modern day race cars, the RMIT team used titanium and carbon fibre for the unique design and the trophy was created using 3D printing techniques at RMIT’s world-class Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.
Australian Grand Prix Corporation General Manager of Motorsport, Entertainment & Industry, Craig Fletcher, said he is extremely proud of the event’s alignment with RMIT University.
“We are delighted to see the Larry Perkins Trophy win an international design award and it is sensational that this has come off the back of our strong partnership with RMIT,” Fletcher said.
“The collaborative efforts between the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, RMIT and Larry Perkins product was a fantastic outcome, and we hope to continue this creative and innovative approach with RMIT into the future.”
Larry Perkins, who had a successful career in both Supercars and Formula 1, called the finished product a “remarkable creation”.
“It’s truly an honour to have the perpetual Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 trophy with my name on it, and it was made even greater on seeing the trophy,” he said.
Perkins is himself an engineer and founded the Perkins Engineering race team in 1985, so impressing him was no mean feat.
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean CBE said the partnership with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation enabled the University to showcase its leadership, not only in design, but in harnessing disruptive new technologies.
“When a student comes to RMIT, they know they’ll get real industry connections and hands-on experience – this kind of collaboration is our promise made real,” he said.
Now in its second year, RMIT’s partnership with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation comes to life in the Industry and Innovation Precinct at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
The precinct highlights Victoria’s outstanding contribution to the automotive, defence, aviation and advanced manufacturing industries and is the ultimate learning hub for thousands of students, future innovators and entrepreneurs.
RMIT’s pavilion features various stations showcasing the University’s excellence in design, technology and enterprise.
Story: Aeden Ratcliffe