Archive for May, 2010

MSU FSAE Michigan 2010

Posted by David Caples On May - 21 - 2010

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.

Thanks again!

The Spartans Host the Gators Before MIS

Posted by David Caples On May - 21 - 2010

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 Hosts MSU for Valuable Testing Time

Posted by David Caples On May - 21 - 2010

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.

Car 71 Unveiling!

Posted by David Caples On May - 1 - 2010

Car 71

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!