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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

New PSU Formula SAE team receives honors

The award-winning engineering technology teams at Pittsburg State University have a new reason to celebrate.

The PSU College of Technology’s new Formula SAE racing team achieved a noteworthy win last week at the annual international Society of Automotive Engineers Formula SAE competition in Fontana, Calif. The six-person team took second place in the Perseverance Award category, earning them the distinction as a “Top 5 Rookie.”

The PSU Formula SAE team was offered to students as an alternative to participating in the Moonbuggy Race competition. Senior engineering tech majors are required to take part in one of the competitions. The students spent months building the car from the ground up for the competition. They raised about $17,000 in donations for their trip, spending nearly $13,000 of that on the car.

The PSU team took 47th place overall out of a total of 80 teams, many of which are Division I universities. Although the 20-lap race is a highlight of the week-long competition, the challenge for many teams is simply making it through the extensive technical inspection. The team spent more than three days making adjustments to the car in order for it to pass inspection before competing in other events.

The advantage of making it through the first year, he said, is that next year’s team will be able to fix trouble spots ahead of time. In addition to this year’s car being overweight and using too much fuel, the team had to repair a broken CV joint and a problem on the left rear hub. Advisers said the goal next year will be for the team to score in the Top 25, and for underclassmen to take notes and prepare for their shot at the race.

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