Friends and Family of ERAU Motorsports, we are happy to announce that we are here in Michigan and after one day we have great news; today was very successful! We had to take the car to the safety inspection where every inch of the car is scrutinized and checked to meet rules. After one hour of grueling inspection, we walked away with one small fix to address. By the end of the day, our team was the 39th overall team to receive the crucial safety inspection sticker. Tomorrow, we will be finishing up our inspections to allow us to compete in the dynamic events while also competing in the static events. These events include the cost presentation, business presentation, and design judging. We are excited for a new day and will be posting pictures and updates throughout the next few days!
We are back! Day two was full of success and allowed our team to make great strides. The morning started at 8am and allowed us to get the remaining safety stickers which qualified us to drive the vehicle. This is a great achievement for the team, to be done so early on day two. From there we had our cost report presentation. While there our team was able to clear up any questions and wipe the few penalties we had. After the cost report presentation there was a real life scenario presented in which our team did very well and was able to score an 18/20 points for that section. After cost we had a few moments and finished preparing for our design judging which happened at 1:30pm and then our business presentation at 3pm. We put forward a great presentation and representation of our team for both of these events and feel confident in our work. After leaving the track we were able to have a very relaxing night at our house. We had a couple members go fishing while others joined on the dock. There were roughly 10 fish caught in total and many laughs that accompanied them. We ended the night by the fire laughing, telling stories, and coming together more as a team. Tomorrow will begin the dynamic events and we are at a great spot during this competition. If you would like to check some of the live scores posted by SAE click here. Check that the results for number 73 are displaying. The results come in periodically so check in through out the next few days. Stay tuned for more updates!
Well day three has come to a close here in Michigan. Our day started off very well with the dynamics events. After a quick practice run we competed in the acceleration dynamic event posting a modest run. After the acceleration was the skid pad and again a modest run. Lastly we had the car run the autocross event. This was the most important event of the day and we posted a very competitive time of 48.61488 seconds placing us in 32nd place for the event. This is a huge success for us and was a great motivator for tomorrows event, the endurance event. After lunch when all the events were done, we headed to the practice area again and ran a few laps. Our driver discovered a ticking that raised concern. After an afternoon of inspection we discovered we would need to swap our engine. This was a huge speed bump in our plans; however we did not loose our momentum. As a team we quickly regrouped and with the all hands on deck and some help from some friends at other teams we had our old engine out and began preparing the new engine. An engine removal usually takes half a day if not longer but due to our team work we had the engine out in just shy of an hour. Unfortunately we ran out of time before the new engine could be placed in the chassis. Tomorrow starts early at 6:30am and we are ready for the day. Tomorrow schedule will begin with completion of the engine swap. This will be followed up by a small practice to ensure proper installation, and lastly the endurance run. This endurance event is 22km over 30 or so minutes and we look forward to getting the car out there. We are also extremely pleased to announce that today we had three of our teammates interview for jobs at GM. We wish these gentlemen the best of luck in the coming weeks and hope that they will be able to receive job offers from such a great company! As always stay tuned for more updates and we look forward to finishing our week the way it began, strong!
So this competition season has come to an end. The morning began at 6:30am and we worked until noon to finish our engine swap. We got the engine turned over and it roared to life. The sound of the engine was accompanied by cheers and high fives from our team and even the occasional "well done" from neighboring teams. Before we continue we would like to thank the University of Kentucky race team for the help with the engine. After we completed the engine swap it was run for a quick shakedown to make sure the engine was installed properly. We then made the long walk to fueling for the endurance race. After an hour of staging the 73 car hit the course. As soon and it did the announcer came over the PA system talking about how our car was so distinct and easy to spot. Our diver was putting down some solid and competitive laps in the beginning but began to slow down after four or five. Our driver continued at this slowed down pace and made it in for the driver change. Once there the judges did not allow us to finish the race, giving us a DNF. Though we didn't finish the event since we hit the half way point we will receive points for the event. This year didn't end exactly as well as we wanted but we all could not be happier. There was a huge difference between last year and this year showing team growth. Heads and spirits are high as we go into the night which will be spent together bonding, reminiscing, and just overall enjoying each others company. We will post a final update when we get home which will include photos and results.
Each year a new open-wheel style Formula 1 car is designed and built by the team. The design is a combined effort between the senior undergraduate mechanical engineering students for their senior design project, as well as other club team members. Our car is designed using CAD softwares, such as CATIA and SolidWorks. After the design is done and all analyses are conducted, the build can begin. Most of the manufacturing and fabrication work is done in house , however some of the more delicate parts are produced by outside manufacturers.
Each year, our team designs and manufactures our own custom parts. Each of our parts are designed by students and most are produced in house. Most of our parts are made from steel or aluminum alloys using traditional manufacturing methods.
The engine used in our car is a Honda CBR600RR motorcycle engine. Our engine goes through extensive testing on our student designed and manufactured dynamometer. This allows modifications to be made and research on engine timing, forced induction, and combustion can be conducted.
The team uses engineering programs, such as SolidWorks, Matlab, and Ansys, to produce full CAD models and analysis of the car before the build season begins. Students are also required to have preliminary and critical design reviews similar to what is encountered in industry to further prepare them for a career in engineering.
The mission behind the Formula SAE competition is to design, test, and build an open-wheel style Formula racecar marketed to the weekend racer. Competitors are assessed not only on performance, acceleration, durability, and efficiency, but also on marketability, production costs, and design.
Competitors in the SAE Formula competition hail from around the world and compete in one of the ten SAE Formula competitions around the world. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's SAE Formula team will compete in Brooklyn, Michigan in May 2017 against 119 other teams.
The experiences gained through the Formula SAE competition have landed multiple alumni internships, co-ops, and full-time positions in some of the leaders in the aerospace and automotive industries. Team alumni are currently employed by Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Gulfstream, GM, and Roush Racing. Team alumni have also been accepted to some of the top engineering graduate schools in the country.