July 15, 2013, KLAMATH FALLS, ORE. – As the 2013 school year came to an end, the Oregon Tech racing team was making final touches to this year’s #32 car, preparing for Formula SAE West, a national student design and racing competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, which was held at the Lincoln Airpark, in Lincoln, Nebraska from June 19 through 22.
The Oregon Tech racing team designed, built, and performed modifications to a ¾ scale Formula car for the yearly Formula SAE® competition against other international collegiate teams. Formula SAE provides an opportunity for aspiring collegiate engineers to demonstrate their expertise in a real world scenario.
“Throughout testing the car proved to be faster than its predecessor, thanks to the all-new aerodynamic package and lightweight design,” said Cody Bulkley. With the help of Oregon Tech’s Software Engineering group, one of the improvements this year was to introduce data acquisition to the car to monitor a variety of components in real time. An aerodynamics package was also introduced to provide better handling of the car.
The team experienced great results this year, finishing 16 overall out of 80 entries. A fourth place ranking in autocross and seventh in endurance and design, individually, helped bring the Oregon Tech Formula SAE car into the forefront of the competition. Full results may be found here.