The MSU Formula Racing Team competed this past weekend on Saturday, November 6th, at the 2010 Big Ten Shootout. The shootout took place at Grissom Air Force Base and was hosted by Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin. A number of teams from the Big 10 were in attendance for a fun filled day of racing and testing. Autocross and Endurance rounds were held, with MSU taking 3rd place overall. Despite dealing with cold temperatures and even snow, the team had a successful day at the track. The team would like thank Purdue and Wisconsin for hosting the tournament, and looks forward to another Big Ten Shootout next season.
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The MSU Formula Racing Team completed very successful testing sessions at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI on September 25-26 and October 23-24. The team was able to run Car 71 on skidpad, acceleration and autocross courses very similar to what will be seen at the 2011 FSAE Michigan Competition, which will also be at MIS. Valuable data was collected that will help team members improve the design of the team’s newest vehicle, Car 51. The team would like to thank Michigan International Speedway for generously providing the use of their facilities and granting the team an outstanding learning opportunity to prepare for next year’s race season.
As our summer vacations come to an end and classes resume, fall recruitment has begun for students interested in joining! As always, no previous knowledge is required. The only requirements are a positive attitude and the willingness to put forth hard work to produce a winning car. Also, every major is needed on the team. The Formula Team is essentially a student run company which handles the design, manufacturing, procurement, marketing and testing of a racing program. All disciplines are needed! Design has already begun on the 2010-2011 Car and the team is very excited for the upcoming year and would love to get some new people to help out.
Please feel free to email Josh Frontiera (email@example.com) to be put on the list to receive fall recruitment meeting times and locations.
The MSU Formula Racing Team traveled to Traverse City this past weekend for the annual Cherry Festival Parade, which featured our newest car, Car 71. The team cruised through the downtown streets of Traverse City with the MSU Alumni Association, the MSU Cheer Leading Team, and Sparty. The parade was a huge success as the team received support and cheers from the thousands of spectators and enthusiastic Michigan State fans. Thanks to a lot of hard work and preparation, the car survived more than just a couple crowd pleasing burnouts!
We would like to extend a special thank you to the MSU Alumni Association and Hagerty Classic Car Insurance for letting us participate again this year, and we look forward to another perfect weekend in Traverse City next year!
The team traveled to Michigan International Speedway last week to compete in the 2010 FSAE Competition. Overall the team did very well taking home a 24th overall finish. Highlights of the competition included a 12th place finish in acceleration, 7th place finish in Presentation and the completion of the endurance event; an event which nearly 50% of the FSAE teams cannot finish. The energy that rushed through the team as Car 71 completed it’s last lap in endurance was unbelievably satisfying. The team had intermittent technical problems following the acceleration event including a broken turnbuckle on the driveline and a worn brake over travel switch which ended up shutting the car off on our last lap of skidpad. With the combined efforts of members on the team, we were able to fix the problems promptly and effectively to get Car 71 back out and racing within 45 minutes.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us and allowed us to make it this far. We aim to bring home a top 10 overall finish at FSAE California starting June 16th. Keep tabs on the website as more pictures get posted as well as updates.
Michigan State University continued to build upon its long-standing relationship with the University of Florida by inviting them use their facilities in the days just prior to FSAE East. The Gators joined the Spartans for some last minute testing and to make any last minute adjustments to their vehicle before they left East Lansing for the Michigan International Speedway. The team had a very good time with Florida and would love to do the same next year!
FT Techno, part of AISIN, granted access for MSU to use their Fowlerville proving grounds on Saturday, May 8th. The proving grounds are a vast complex encompassing over 3000 acres of testing facilities including multiple acceleration runs, a 20-acre dynamic pad, and a 3-mile long test track. All tracks were meticulously groomed and the surface was outstanding. FT Techno engineers also assisted the team in the installation of a VBOX Data Logger system on Car 71, which allowed the team to acquire data that can be used to not only tune this year’s car, but aid in the design of future cars as well. The team would like to thank all of the staff at FT Techno for allowing the use of their test facility and assisting during the day! Your generosity has allowed us to perform at levels that were previously unreachable.
After a hard year of work, the MSU Formula Racing Team is finally ready to unveil their newest vehicle, Car 71, to the public. The unveiling will be held in the courtyard of the Engineering Building on campus at 4 PM on Sunday, May 2nd. Rain Location: Inside the engineering building lobby next to Sparty’s Cafe. Come take a look at the car before the team begins their racing season at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan on May 12th and at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on June 16th.
We appreciate everyone’s support over the past few years as the team worked extremely hard to create its first ever carbon fiber monocoque FSAE race car. We look forward to the upcoming races and hope you will all stop by this Sunday and share the experience of unveiling the car with us!
The MSU Formula Racing Team is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® this year to raise financial support and awareness for breast cancer. We are seeking pledges through our Race for a Cause program to support finding a cure for breast cancer. All proceeds will be directly donated to the Komen Mid-Michigan. With your support, the team can help increase breast cancer support in our local area and race towards a cure. Please feel free to pass this information along to colleagues, friends, and family. Visit the Race for a Cause Page for more information or the newly published Race-Cause.org website dedicated to Race for a Cause.