SAE Collegiate Design Series

March 28-30, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
April 11-13, 2014
Marietta, Georgia, USA
March 3-8, 2014
Houghton, Michigan
May 14-17, 2014
Brooklyn, Michigan
June 18-21, 2014
Lincoln, Nebraska
June 18-21, 2014
Lincoln, Nebraska
April 28 - May 1, 2014
Loudon, New Hampshire
June 4-7, 2014
Peoria, Illinois
April 24-27, 2014
El Paso, Texas
May 22-25, 2014
Pittsburg, Kansas
June 5-6, 2014
Marshall, Michigan

University of Western Australia finally finishes 1st in the US!

WARRENDALE, Pa., May 20, 2008

From down-under, the University of Western Australia rises to finish in 1st place overall at the 2008 Formula SAE MIS event. Always finishing in second place at Formula SAE in Michigan, this year’s team felt the hard work had finally paid off.

After bouncing around Michigan for the last four years, the premier event has found a home at Michigan International Speedway. This venue, located in Brooklyn, Michigan provided teams with a different experience from previous years. Teams had the luxury of paddocking on asphalt with water and electric hookups right in their paddocks. All static judging took place in the NASCAR garages and suites. Dynamic events were staged and ran on the back side of the speedway oval...and as an extra challenge to the teams accustomed to running on flat surfaces, the endurance course was designed to run up on parts of the banked pavement of the oval.

Our event was first of its kind at Michigan International Speedway and welcomed over 100 teams from around the world; teams competing represented Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.  Kicking off the start of the event was early Technical Inspection for teams on Wednesday, May 14th. With a new system where teams took a number in order to be helped being implemented, (kind of like being at a deli counter) the site of long lines was not to be seen and many cars were not stuck waiting outside in the rain. By Friday afternoon 103 teams had passed Scrutineering, 101 teams had passed Tilt and only 89 had passed Brake.

Thursday’s events resulted in some surprising outcomes as Car #11 Faculdade de Engenharia de Sorocaba from Brazil lead the overall scoring in Cost. Impressing the judges in Sales Presentation was Car #64 University of Singapore in the lead from Singapore. Announced for the Design Semi-Finals were fourteen universities; Car #3 Graz University of Technology from Austria;  Car# 18 Delft University of Technology from The Netherlands;  Car # 78 Ecole de Technologie Superieure from Canada; Car #100 Helsinki Polytechnic from Sweden; Car #2 University of Western Australia from Australia; Car # 5 University of Toronto from Canada; Car #16 Purdue University from United States; Car # 40 University of Applied Sciences Graz from Austria; Car # 84 Technical University of Munchen from Germany; Car # 6 University of Florida from United States; Car #9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from United States; Car #13 Auburn University from United States; Car #64 National University of Singapore from Singapore; and Car #85 Pennsylvania State University from United States. Graduating to Design Finals were Car #3 Graz University of Technology; Car# 18 Delft University of Technology; Car # 78 Ecole de Technologie Superieure; Car #100 Helsinki Polytechnic.

For those cars that passed Technical Inspection the fun of driving began Friday with Acceleration and Skid Pad events in the morning and Autocross in the afternoon. Out on the track, the pavement was heating up with some fast runs. Surprising the crowd with the fastest time in Acceleration was Car #121 Saginaw Valley State University with a time of 4.022 seconds; followed then by Car #7 Rochester Institute of Technology with a time of 4.081 seconds and Car #9 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a time of 4.082 seconds.  Setting the fastest times in Skid Pad was Car #103 University of Texas Arlington with a time of 5.066 seconds; followed quickly by Car #40 University of Applied Sciences-Graz with a time of 5.089 seconds and Car #7 Rochester Institute of Technology with a time of 5.122 seconds. Crossing the starting line for Autocross in the afternoon were 86 cars. Though most teams completed both drivers’ runs, some teams struggled to finish but managed to squeeze out a score. Finishing first with the time of 46.984 seconds was Car #92 Missouri University of Science and Technology; followed quickly by Car #1 University of Wisconsin-Madison with a time of 47.028 and Car #7 Rochester Institute of Technology with a time of 47.387 seconds.

On Endurance Day, the drivers were thankful the threatening rainy weather held off as they started their runs. Eighty-nine cars were given the green flag to start the event; however only 42 teams completed the event; a finishing percentage of 47%. Of those 42 complete runs, only 33 teams received scores for staying under the maximum run time of 1805 seconds. Taking first place in endurance with the fastest time was Car #14 University of Stuttgart with a time of 1350.016 seconds; followed by Car #1 University of Wisconsin-Madison with a time of 1353.242 seconds and Car #2 University of Western Australia with a time of 1374.223 seconds.

The award ceremony took place on Sunday, May 18th at the Michigan International Speedway event site. Taking home 1st Place Overall was Car #2 University of Western Australia with total points of 865.6; followed in 2nd Place by Car #14 University of Stuttgart with 849.2 points and in 3rd Car #84 Technical University of Munchen with 840 points. These top three finishers were also recognized as winners of the FISITA World Cup which was being hosted this year at Formula SAE.  FISITA, the “International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies” hosted their World Cup Competitions at four of the Formula SAE Series events.  Every year the competition takes places at one of the four events. Currently participating in this program is: Formula SAE in Michigan, Formula Student in the UK, Formula SAE-Australasia in Australia and Formula SAE Japan. Though there are three finishers, the first place team is automatically qualified for a place in the FISITA World Cup Competition at the next Formula SAE event in 2009 to be held in Japan.

To view all final score results from Formula SAE at MIS, please visit http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries/results/. The results and award winners are also attached to this article.

The SAE Collegiate Design Series Staff would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a great success. To all the volunteers and sponsors, thank you for all your contributions! To all the students thank you for your undying interest in the Formula SAE Series.  For more information on this article or Event results please contact SAE International at CollegiateCompetitions@sae.org.

Photo credited to Bob Phelan, Missouri University of Science and Technology

 

Formula SAE 2008  Award Winners

Honda Raffle

During sponsored lunch event sponsor, Honda raffled off two chances to win a monetary award valued at $3,000.00 each.
Winners - Cooper Union and Penn State University

Yazaki North - Presentation Award 
The team that receives the best score in Presentation - $500, $150, $100
1st place – National University of Singapore 
2nd place – Delft University of Technology
3rd place – Technical University of Munchen

Yazaki North - Cost Award
The team that receives the best score in Cost. - $500, $150, $100
1st place – Faculdade de Engenharia de Sorocaba
2nd place – Rochester Institute of Technology
3rd place – University of Wisconsin - Madison

Honda Engineering Design Award
The top three teams in the Design Event. - $1000, $725, $525
1st place – Graz University of Technology
2nd place – Ecole De Technologie Superieure
3rd place – Helsinki Polytechnic

Autodesk Inventor Design Communication Award
Awarded to the team(s) whose exemplary Design Report demonstrates the best written & graphic communication of their engineering and design process. - $1250, $500, $250
1st place – University of Applied Sciences - Graz
2nd place – Missouri University of Science and Technology
3rd place – Sophia University

ArvinMeritor Suspension System Award 
Awarded to the team that exhibits the best suspension system design and development; including outstanding performance, manufacturing, and aesthetics. - $1250, $500, $250
1st place – University of Western Australia
2nd place – Graz University of Technology
3rd place – University of Wisconsin - Madison

The 2008 Inaugural FSAE Push Bar Competition Event
Winner - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Bruel and Kjaer Quiet Car Cup
Lowest initial noise level. - $250
Winner - Oxford Brookes University

IAV Acceleration Award
This award recognizes the team who receives the best score in Acceleration - $500
1st place – Saginaw Valley State University
2nd place – Rochester Institute of Technology
3rd place – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

SAE Skid Pad Award
This award recognizes the team who receives the best score in Skid Pad - $500
Winner - University of Texas - Arlington

Hoosier Tire Autocross Award
Fastest three recorded autocross runs. - 8 free tires, 6 free tires, 4 free tires
1st place – Missouri University of Science and Technology
2nd place – University of Wisconsin - Madison
3rd place – Rochester Institute of Technology

Goodyear Best Performance Award 
Top 3 teams in the Endurance event - 3 sets of tires, 2 sets of tires, 1 set of tires
1st place – University of Stuttgart
2nd place – University of Wisconsin - Madison
3rd place – University of Western Australia

General Motors Fuel Economy
This award recognizes the team who received the best Fuel Economy score - $1000, $600, $400
1st place – RMIT University
2nd place – SUNY - Buffalo
3rd place – Wichita State University

Timken Friction Management Engineering Award
This award recognizes the team who received the best combined score in the Cost and Endurance-Economy events.
1st place – University of Stuttgart
2nd place – University of Wisconsin - Madison
3rd place – University of Western Australia

Honda Dynamic Event Award
Best Overall in Dynamic Events - $1000, $725, $525
1
st place – University of Western Australia
2nd place – University of Stuttgart
3rd place – RMIT University

The FEV Powertrain Development Award
This award is intended to reward the top three Formula SAE teams for overall excellence in Powertrain development. - $1250, $500, $250
1st place – RMIT University
2nd place – University of Western Australia
3rd place – SUNY - Buffalo

Society of Plastics Engineers' Composites Award
The most effective use of polymer-matrix composites. - $1000, $800, $600, $400, $200
1st place – Graz University of Technology
2nd place – Delft University of Technology
3rd place – University of Applied Sciences - Graz
4th place – Ecole De Technologie Superieure
5th place – Ecole Polytechnique De Montreal

ASBE Body Design Award
The team that displays outstanding body design and innovation in the areas of aesthetics, structure, air management, driver considerations, crash worthiness, serviceability, and fasteners. - $500
Winner - University of Western Australia

CFdesign Computational Fluid Dynamics Award
The team that exhibits best implementation of computational fluid dynamics for component or system design; including induction, exhaust, engine, cooling, external aerodynamics, etc. - $1000
Winner - Georgia Institute of Technology

Altair Engineering's William R. Adam Engineering Award
Development of new and innovative design concepts for FSAE racing competition. - $1000, Award
Winner - Graz University of Technology
Honorable Mentions - University of Florida , University of Applied Sciences - Graz

SAE Perseverance Award
This award recognizes the top three (3) rookie teams. - Set of Carroll Smith books
1st place – Central Piedmont Community College
2nd place – Northwestern University
3rd place – Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay

William C. Mitchell Rookie Award
Best finish for a first year entry - Racing by the Numbers
Recognized Winner - Central Piedmont Community College
2nd place – Northwestern University

Lincoln Electric
This award recognizes the team based on a submitted essay that is in most need of a welding unit.
Winner – Cedarville University

Carroll Smith Mentor Cup
Outstanding contributions made by faculty advisors to the young engineering students' Formula SAE competition.
Winner – Gary Cloud, Michigan State University

Formula SAE Certificate of Accomplishment
This award recognizes teams that successfully score in all events and do not finish in the top 10.
Certificates to:
University of Toronto
University of Toledo
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst
Universite Laval
Brown University
University of Oklahoma
Ecole Polytechnique De Montreal
Florida Atlantic University
University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh
National University of Singapore

Cedarville University
Clemson University
Wichita State University
Ecole De Technologie Superieure
Penn State University - University Park
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
University of Evansville
University of Waterloo
Kanagawa Institute of Technology
SUNY - Buffalo
Saginaw Valley State University

Spirit of Excellence Award
Top ten overall finishers - $3000, $2000, $1000, $600, $500, $400, $300, $250, $250, $250
1st place – University of Western Australia
2nd place – University of Stuttgart
3rd place – Technical University of Munchen
4th place – University of Wisconsin - Madison
5th place – RMIT University
6th place – Graz University of Technology
7th place – Cornell University
8th place – Missouri University of Science and Technology
9th place – University of Florida
10th place – University of Cincinnati

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