Hey guys, long time no post. It'* prolly a little bit late since anybody going to comp will prolly already be on the road there, but I wonder if there are still any stragglers. This was my first year on the team and my first competition, and I'm pretty excited. I'll be with the Rutgers Formula Racing team, and I'll be the Asian dude with the big camera. Drop by and say hello!
For the uninitiated, here'* what I'm talking about
The Society of Automotive Engineers hosts a competition where 140 schools compete against each other in designing a formula racecar. There are many rules, governing chassis construction, engine, brakes, etc. The car is entirely designed by students. According to rules, school faculty and/or advisors are not allowed to make decisions regarding the design of the vehicle.
Like a Formula 1 car, our engine and transmission are stressed structural members of the chassis. The powertrain comes straight out of a Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle (competition rules: 610cc max displacement). Transmission is a 6-speed sequential gearbox electronically controlled via paddles on the steering column. Vehicle weight is kept under 500 pounds.
Almost every part of the car is fabricated by us. The only major off-the-shelf parts are the engine/transmission, differential, and brakes (but we machine our own rotors). Basically every other part is welded or machined.
These pictures are all without the fiberglass body since I took these during testing days.
Last year'* car could pull 1.4G'* on the skidpad.
0-60mph in an estimated 3.5 seconds.
And finally, I wish to send my deepest condolences to friends and family of the students of the SAE team at Minnesota University, Mankato. Knowing the extreme time and effort it put in to build the car, and the youth of the people involved, it just really hits me hard. I hope their families can find solace.
I hope to see some of you at competition, and that you all arrive safely and soundly.