Formula SAE is a student engineering design competition organized by SAE International, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers. The Bobcat Motorsports Race Team raced its car against 79 other university teams from nine countries June 16-19.
During the past year, dozens of MSU students worked on the low-slung race car, a smaller scale version of the formula 1 race cars popular in Europe and overseas. Each student team designed, built and tested a prototype based on rules whose purpose was to ensure safety and promote innovative engineering.
"Formula SAE is widely considered the pre-eminent student engineering competition in the world, and our MSU students once again demonstrated their ability to compete at this international level," said Robb Larson, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and adviser to the MSU team.
Sixteen students went to the competition in Fontana. At the racetrack, their car was plagued with mechanical problems.
"The team fought hard and overcame most of the issues - until a broken front axle terminated their run in the final endurance event," Larson said. "In the end the team managed a respectable 46th place finish overall based on strong scores in the other required elements of the competition. This was despite not finishing in three of the four dynamic events. I am extremely proud of what these students accomplished."
Contact: Robb Larson, 994-6420, firstname.lastname@example.org