Formula SAE 2016

Formula SAE Michigan

Congratulations to the 115 teams that competed in the 2016 Formula SAE event in Michigan‬. It is a major accomplishment for the college students to organize, design and build a serious racing effort. This includes the highlight: build the car from a blank sheet. Motec Systems USA and Electron Speed help build the next generation of engineers by mentoring, evaluating the efforts of the students, and discounting products.
One of my favorite things this year was an electronically controlled anti-roll bar on the team from Hamburg, Germany. This opens up options including tweaking the car’s balance via their steering wheel controls.

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Anti-roll bar 9 position switch steering wheel adjustment

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Anti Roll Bar Adjustment Electronic Motor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formula SAE Nebraska

FSAE at Lincoln, Nebraska offers an engineer an interesting opportunity:  the ability to hear parts of the car that are normally masked by the exhaust of a high performance vehicle.  Here are videos of top teams at Michigan and Nebraska.  The Michigan entry is from Austria and has a “conventional” powertrain:  student designed 2 cylinder engine with direct injection and turbo charging.  The low frequency exhaust and the blowoff valve are audibly evident.  The Lincoln entry is from the Czech Republic and has an electric powertrain.  The efficient drive gears are most evident.  Both student efforts are amazing in their own way and we are proud to support this learning experience.

Formula SAE Russia

Unfortunately the Russia event was rescheduled and conflicted with other events on our Calendar. It’s still on the bucket list and will hopefully happen in 2017.