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Sexy Pictures Get Student Race Car Builders Suspended

Um, you really should stop looking at the picture and keep reading.

Note: The picture above is not the image discussed in the article below. We originally posted this article the picture in question, which, in all fairness, is a hell of a lot sexier than the shot above; unfortunately, the photographer very promptly shot us an email asking us to take it down. Not wanting to risk an international incident, we did.

This week, the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada suspended a team of students competing in a Formula SAE competition to design their own race car, after one of the team members posed for photographs by the car in a bikini. (Yes, the student was female.) As a result, the UW team won't be able to enter the car in the competition they were building it for, thus rendering all their months of hard work pretty much pointless.

Apparently, the school considered the "unauthorized" shoot a "misuse of the student design centre [sic] space" worthy of shutting down the project until June 1st. This seems awfully uptight, considering:

1) The people involved in the shoot were engineering students at the school. The photographer is an engineering student; the model is not only a student, but one of the team members helping to build the car. Yes, apparently, there are gorgeous mechanical engineers in Canada.

2) The photos were for a good cause, and were not even going to be used commercially. The student/model needed the pictures for her application to be in a calendar...a calendar designed to raise money for charity. These were application pictures—not the ones that would actually be in the calendar, just ones to show the people putting it together that she had the right stuff.

The school only found about the shoot after the photographer posted some of the pictures online, at which point they were prompted to shut the team down, thus shattering their dreams. Frankly, we think it's a rash decision that stinks of hypersensitivity and makes the school look like it's run by a bunch of uptight prudes. Here's hoping enough people hear about this and are pissed off enough that the University of Waterloo reverses their decision and lets those kids enter their car in the contest next month. [via The Record, Jalopnik]

  • Jim Jam says:
    April 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    This is going to blow your mind, but the rest of the world spells 'center' [sic] as 'centre'.

    • Engineer says:
      April 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

      Umm parts of the world (Britain and Australia) spell it as "centre" and other parts (America) spell it as "center". Not really worth pointing out though...

  • Charlie says:
    April 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    "That's not cool, eh?"

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  • Cinzano Breezy says:
    April 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I am a Mechanical Engineering student in Toronto. Waterloo is about an hour away from me (driving above the speed limit). My school is in constant competition with schools such as UW, who in the past have supplied worthy competition. This is not only disappointing but in my opinion outrageous. The team should not only be fighting the school on this action but they should be commended for their efforts. To have an exceptionally beautiful FEMALE engineering student, who is into cars, racing, modeling, and charity, it rare, and to top it all of she is clearly bright girl if she is trying to compete in the Formula SAE and still be a (mostly math based) student. The team should not suffer, nor should they be penalized. Give these kids a break. They are using this as a platform to help advance their future career in a field they have passion for, don't deprive them of that. I move a petition be circulated for their reinstatement into the competition and the girl in the picture give me her phone number.

  • Kev says:
    April 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I've seen the pic's, and that was it??? Doesn't the school have more important issues to deal with. http://autos.sympatico.ca/waste-gate/8649/how-university-of-waterloo-punished-a-female-engineering-student-for-this-bikini-photo/3

  • Urstin says:
    April 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

    This is much cooler than when Lake Superior State Univ.'s SAE students got in trouble for taking they're cart to a party while taking pictures in front of it with beer in their hand haha.

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