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Consulting engineers compete at race track

Instead of competing for clients, engineering and lighting designers got to challenge each other on the racetrack in Toronto. Lighting agency Salex held its sixth annual Salex Formula 1 Specifiers Challenge on November 11. The event was held at...


The Salex Formula 1 Specifiers Challenge race in progress.
The Salex Formula 1 Specifiers Challenge race in progress.

Instead of competing for clients, engineering and lighting designers got to challenge each other on the racetrack in Toronto. Lighting agency Salex held its sixth annual Salex Formula 1 Specifiers Challenge on November 11. The event was held at the Grand Prix Kartways, in Downsview, Toronto. The karts are Italian-made, high-performance electric vehicles that speed around the track at up to 85 kilometres an hour. The carts can be remotely controlled and shut off to avoid pile-ups.

Twelve teams competed, each with five drivers. Each race involved 14 circuits. There were three rounds: practice, qualifying and racing. Finally, the 10 fastest drivers of the night competed for the top individual prize.

First team place went to the combined team of E-Lumen and Arup. In second place were Hammerschlag and Joffe, and in third place was Stantec. Also competing were teams from Crossey, Smith and Andersen, Hidi Rae, HH Angus, Mulvey + Banani, and MCW.

Julia Ly of Mulvey + Banani won the fastest lap time, and the fastest individual driver was Brad Bell of Hammerschlag and Joffe.