S&T team to race Formula One-style car

The 2014 entry. Photo courtesy of Missouri S&T Formula SAE Racing website. 

A team of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology has designed and built a Formula One-style racecar and will race it at the Michigan International Speedway as part of Formula SAE-Michigan.

The event, a national student design competition sponsored by SAE International, will be held May 11-14. The competition challenges students to design, build and operate small-scale cars. Missouri S&T’s team will compete against more than 100 other teams from around the world.

During the competition, a skid-pad event tests the car’s turning and cornering on a figure-eight-shaped course. An acceleration test measures the car’s speed over a short distance. A one-lap autocross event proves the car’s maneuverability on a tight course and determines the starting order for the final event – an endurance race to prove durability. In the endurance race, the car must withstand the stress of long-term driving at elevated speeds. Each race is timed to rank the teams; none of the events are head-to-head races.


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Campus: Missouri S&T
Key words: Competitiveness, Innovation, Rolla Campus, Science, Technology,
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