Auto Design Lab
The Auto Design Lab is the home of the RIT Formula SAE Racing Team. Known as the "Team Room" to members on the team, it is exclusive club space for the Formula SAE team to support the development of the Formula SAE car. The Formula SAE Racing team is a group of students that engineers and builds a small open-wheeled racecar to compete against other schools from around the world. The team stores its tools, spare parts, and cars in this room. It is also where the car is assembled for the first time and maintained through the course of the racing season. The Formula SAE Team is open to any interested students of any major. Dr. Alan Nye manages this lab along with the students in the RIT Formula SAE Team.
Major Items in the Lab
- RIT Formula SAE Racing Cars
- Automotive mechanics tools
- Data acquisition equipment
Borg Warner is listed as sponsoring the room on the room number plaque. Their contribution probably helped to make the room itself possible. Currently, the team is reliant on the donations and sponsorships of many different companies.
SAE International is the organizing entity for the entire competition.
Local companies have given years of support for the team: Morgood Tools, Rochester Gear, DP Tool and Machine, Progressive Machine and Design, Rochester Steel Treatment Works, Swain Tech Coatings, Samuel Metals, and Torvec Inc.
Other companies have given generous contributions to the Formula Team over the years. Yamaha, Toyota, SKF, PTC, Autodesk, Calspan, Brinkman Laboratory, and Carpenter Technology.