Talk About Fast & Furious
With approximately 200 clubs and organizations on campus, there are several different ways to get involved. One of those is the RIT Formula SAE Team, which has become world renown. I felt that this group deserved special mention because of the stellar season that they have had this year.
The Formula SAE events are annual student design competitions where college students design and build a small Formula-style racecar. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype, and then enters the racecar in national and international events against other college teams.
The RIT Formula team has consistently placed in the top 10 of its competitions throughout its 17 years of competitions. The team enters three competitions yearly, with two in the United States and one overseas.
After several years of top five placements in international competitions, the RIT Formula SAE racecar team took first place overall among 81 teams in the 2009 Collegiate Design Series California event on June 20. This was the first time the RIT team placed first overall on American soil. Earlier in the season, the team placed second at Michigan International Raceway. Later in the summer, it placed in the top 25 in SAE Student Germany, the team’s international competition, then placed third in the Toronto Shoot Out, an invitational meet in Canada.