RIT Racing Team Records Four Top Three Finishes at Formula SAE
Event at Michigan International Speedway features 104 college teams from around the world
May 20, 2008
by Will Dube
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Rochester Institute of Technology’s Formula racing team recorded four top three finishes in Formula SAE, a national student design and racing competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The event, held May 16-17 at Michigan International Speedway in Dearborn, outside of Detroit, is part of the SAE Collegiate Design Series and featured 104 teams from around the world.
The RIT student team, which designed and built the vehicle for competition, finished second in the cost report and acceleration categories and third in skid pad and autocross. The team will next compete in Formula Student Germany, which will be held Aug. 6-10 in Hockenheim.
This is the 16th year RIT has developed a car for the Formula SAE competition. The current entry was conceived and constructed by a 35-member student team incorporating a wide variety of disciplines from engineering to computer science to marketing. The Formula-style, six-speed vehicle has a top speed of approximately 85 miles per hour and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in about four seconds.