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Happy Holidays from our team!

Posted by Matt Jarosz On December - 13 - 2009

Racing Home for the Holidays

As the snow begins to fall on the beautiful MSU campus, our team continues work on Car 71, putting in tremendous effort to make it the best Michigan State formula car yet. Without support from our sponsors and fans, however, none of our efforts would be possible. So, we would like to extend a special thanks to all of those who have contributed to our team or have supported us through the years. Alumni, students, parents, and sponsors all make our program possible.

Thanks again, and have a great holiday!

Sponsor Drive 2010

Posted by Matt Jarosz On December - 10 - 2009

On November 1st, the Michigan State Formula Racing Team held its annual Sponsor Drive, inviting sponsors, family, and friends to check out the new car, mingle with the team, and even test drive our previous models.

This year’s sponsor drive was also the first time guests could take a first-hand look at Car 12, our team’s next FSAE installment. A carbon fiber monocoque system, Car 12 is a landmark for our team. So thanks to all who attended the sponsor drive, and we hope you had a great time!

Event Sponsors:

Car 12 Sponsors:

MSU Midnight Madness – Tom Izzo drove our car!

Posted by Matt Jarosz On October - 19 - 2009

This past weekend, MSU celebrated its annual homecoming, welcoming alumni and families to our beautiful campus. One of the most talked about events during homecoming was Tom Izzo’s entrance at Midnight Madness, a pep rally to build momentum as the basketball team enters its season.

In a booming entrance, Coach Izzo, one of the most beloved figures in college sports, drove the MSU Formula SAE Car 51 into the center of the basketball arena. As fans, students, and faculty cheered, Izzo’s grand enterance marked a significant achievement in the progression of our team.

Be sure to check out our pictures and promo video (featuring Coach Izzo driving the car) below!

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MSU FSAE is looking for new recruits!

Posted by Matt Jarosz On September - 21 - 2009

It’s that time of year again! The Michigan State Formula Racing Team will begin looking for new members to join its ranks in the coming weeks. MSU FSAE, one of the most highly regarded student-led organizations, serves as a valuable and exciting experience in your career. Gain knowledge and hands-on experience with the complete manufacturing process of a race car, learn to work with corporate sponsors, and publicize new events.

We’re looking for students from EVERY major! Engineering, business, and other majors are encouraged to attend our first recruiting meeting:

Recruitment Meeting:

Tuesday, September 29th


1410 BPS Building

If you can’t make that meeting, we also have a general meeting at our workshop:

General Meeting:

Wednesday, September 30th
Engineering Research workshop on Jolly Road (see contact page for more details)

If you need a ride to either meeting or have any questions, please be sure to contact us to let us know!

2009 Traverse City Cherry Festival Parade

Posted by Josh Frontiera On September - 5 - 2009

Gorgeous weather, excited bystanders, and a very enthusiastic team of MSU students, alumni and supporters barely paints a picture of the kick of to the 2009 Cherry Festival Parade earlier this morning. The team joined the MSU Alumni Association, MSU Dance Team, and Sparty as we marched through downtown traverse city and local neighborhoods.

Car 51 ran perfectly all morning thanks to a strong effort from new team leaders who performed an clutch swap the week prior which involves removing the entire engine from the Car. Team members performed a “Nascar” like pit stop performance in the middle of the parade due to a faulty shifting bottle. Again, a big thanks to the guys over at Hagerty who were kind enough to let us use their facilities throughout the parade and helped organize the event.

Hours of Operation

Posted by Josh Frontiera On April - 20 - 2009

Team members continue to leapfrog from class to the race car shop each day to work on Car 12. In case some of you aren’t familiar with the average work schedule of an MSU Formula SAE Team member, it goes something like this:

Monday, 5-6 pm: arrive at shop
Monday, 12-3 am: leave shop, barely still awake

Tuesday: Repeat Monday’s schedule

Wednesday: Repeat Monday’s schedule, include General Team Meeting at 7 pm

Thursday: Repeat Monday’s schedule

Friday: Repeat Monday’s schedule

Saturday, 10 am: arrive at shop
Saturday: 10 pm-3 am: leave shop, barely still awake

Sunday, 10 am: Team Leader’s meeting
Sunday, 11 am: fabrication starts
Sunday, 10 pm-3 am: leave shop, barely still awake

Additionally, all procurement of supplies and sponsorship relations, plus any shipping and receiving of outsourced components, are handled during business hours each weekday.

Here are a few pictures of some of the fabrication that has taken place during these hours and more. Enjoy!

North American International Auto Show

Posted by Josh Frontiera On March - 11 - 2009

The team just wrapped it’s 4th time exhibiting at the North American International Auto Show; one of the largest and most prestigious showings of automotive design in the world. For the last two weeks, team members have road-tripped down to Cobo Hall in Detroit to show off the last three iterations of MSU’s Formula SAE cars.

This year, we were proud to center our display around the team’s Go Clean environmental campaign. Contrary to many of the questions that we received during the NAIAS simply surrounding biofuels, to Go Clean is about far more than just running cleaner fuels. To us – ‘greening up’ the automobile is about doing everything that we can to remove our team, our manufacturing, and of course the final product – Car 12 – from the environmental impact equation. Have a look at the Go Clean website and learn more!

The team would like to extend an extra special thanks to all of the companies who made our 2009 NAIAS possible. Without the help from all of the generous people at the North American International Auto Show, especially the dedicated Director of Exhibit Compliance, Marilyn Doebler, our NAIAS displays would never come to fruition. The team would also like to thank Eric Flynn and Paul Kokesh of EPJ Logistics and Tonic, for all of their help to sponsor and transport our display items. Additionally, we would like to thank Mike French ofThe George P. Johnson Company, Dan Reske and Colleen Weir ofMotor City Electric Company, Ed Guile of ASAP Printing, William Van Cleve of Foto 1 Imaging, and especially the Tanari Family, Bobby Whiting and Chris Michelin of Convention and Show Services. It is because of all of these individuals and companies that our display in Michigan Hall was made possible.

If you didn’t have a chance to see it in person, take a look at the pictures below for a tour!

Most Dedicated Team Members: November & December

Posted by Josh Frontiera On March - 9 - 2009

Due to the the two holiday breaks and final exam week playing havoc with our schedule, we got a bit behind in awarding the most dedicated team member award for November. As school just resumed, post winter break, we decided to kill the proverbial two birds with one stone and award both team members’ awards tonight.


For November, the Most Dedicated Team Member accolade went to Josh Frontiera. Josh spent many hours handling and staffing outreach events for the team as well as playing an active role in manufacturing Car 12 all month long. Due to his commitment and abilities to put the team ahead of many things in his life, it was easy to see that he deserved this special recognition. Congrats Josh!

The month of December is marked by a strong push in manufacturing – something that is necessary to keep the progress of the car going and take advantage of the lack of schoolwork during MSU’s winter break. Because of this, we knew that December’s Most Dedicated Team Member was most likely going to be someone who literally lived at the shop over break. We were pleasantly not surprised when that person was Adrienne Burger. Adrienne spent almost more hours at the shop over break than there were in the break itself! The team is truly indebted to Adrienne and those who follow in her footsteps. She serves as an excellent ambassador to all who want to be successful in the realm of Formula SAE. Congrats Adrienne, you have definitely earned this recognition!