RIT Formula Racing Team Captures Fifth Place in Germany Competition

RIT team lauded as ‘a team to watch’ in its first-ever trip to Germany

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Dave Holland

RIT’s 2007 Formula racecar

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Formula SAE racecar team captured fifth place overall, among 64 teams from 13 countries, in the Formula Student Germany contest, Aug. 8-12, in Hockenheim, Germany. It was the RIT team’s first-ever participation in the competition in Germany.

In specific categories, RIT earned first place for skid pad, fourth place in endurance/fuel economy, 11th place for design, 14th place in the autocross race and 16th place for acceleration.

“The team is very happy with our performance and we were very well received here in Germany,” says Alan Nye, team advisor and RIT professor of mechanical engineering in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. “While we were on the track during autocross and endurance, the announcer kept referring to us as ‘a well-respected team from upstate New York that has competed in Formula competitions all over the world—they have a lot of experience and are definitely a team to watch.’”

RIT Formula racecar teams have competed in Formula SAE contests every year since 1993. Formula SAE sponsors include DaimlerChrysler Corp., Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp.

Note: For more information about other Formula SAE-sponsored national and international competitions, visit http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries