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05-24-1999

Clarkson University Formula SAE Racing Team Finishes In Top-10

The Clarkson University student team finished in the top-10 at the Formula SAE(R) collegiate design competition in Auburn Hills, Mich., Sunday, topping a field of 100 colleges and universities from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Puerto Rico.

Formula SAE(R) is an annual competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers and is cosponsored by a consortium of General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Daimler Chrysler. Engineering students conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style cars for prizes totaling more than $38,000.

Formula SAE consists of eight events over a three-day period.  Static events, which include cost analysis, engineering design of the vehicle, and presentation of the vehicle concept to a panel of judges scores 325 points out of a possible 1000. Dynamic events, which include acceleration run, skid-pad test, autocross performance, fuel economy and the endurance track event add up to a possible 675 points.

The Formula SAE project is part of Clarkson University’s SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program which promotes other multidisciplinary project-based learning opportunities including the Environmental Design, Construction Management, FIRST Robotics, Solar Car and Mini Baja projects.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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