WPI's Formula 1 Team Places 19 of 100 Teams at SAE Competition

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WPI's Formula 1 Racecar is shown during Presentation Day in April.

WPI's Formula 1 racecar placed 19th of 100 college teams participating at the annual SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International Formula SAE Collegiate Design Competition this past week outside Detroit. The cars competed against each other in a four-day competition in a series of static and dynamic events with a possible point total of 1000. The competition was held from May 20 throught May 22 with an awards event on Sunday, May 23, at the Pontiac Silverdome.

The Thursday static events included vehicle presentation, engineering design and cost analysis. On Friday the dynamics events included acceleration runs, skid pad and autocross. Saturday events featured fuel economy and endurance track events that tested the vehicle 's design on a 13-mile race against the clock.

WPI came in 21st on cost, 11th on presentation and was one of only 24 teams who completed all events.

The Formula SAE competition eneables engineering students to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with small formula-style racing cars. New vehicles are built each year for the competition. The weight of the car must be under 500 pounds and the cost less than $6,000.

This year's Formula SAE winner was the University of Akron.

Results can be found at www.sunrayce/formula_sae/result99.html.