Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-01-3295
2002-12-02

Improvements to Maximize Power in a Restricted 2002 Formula SAE Base Engine 2002-01-3295

One of the major components of the 2002 Formula SAE car is the base engine. Due to the restrictions put on the intake, the airflow into the cylinders is minimal. The air has to enter through a 20mm venturi, which drastically restricts the flow to the motor greatly reducing power. One of our main aspects will be focusing on improved airflow into the motor. Major improvements must also be made to the internal workings of the motor to regain this lost power. Through extensive cylinder head work and use of lightweight components, this can be achieved. Reworking the head for more efficient flow and raising the compression to approximately 13.1:1 will significantly improve power and torque.

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