A Finished Chassis

Just a few weeks ago an exciting moment in Michigan State’s Formula SAE team’s year took place. A major milestone in any racing teams calendar was fulfilled. The teams carbon fiber monocoque chassis was returned from Pratt and Whitney’s autoclave and returned to our shop in all its glory. The completion of the chassis is [...]

Auto Show Success and Upcoming Events

Michigan State’s Formula Racing Team came well prepared for this years North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. The team had a beautiful display set up on the lower level of Cobo Hall. The display featured three of the teams most recent cars, a collection of the teams trophies, and [...]

Christmas Break 2012

The semester has ended. For most students that means heading home for the holidays. However, the beginning of break for Michigan State’s Formula Racing Team means that the real work has just begun. Christmas break is the busiest time of year for the Formula team, and it is a time when the car really comes [...]

2012-2013 Recruiting

Fall semester is rapidly approaching, which means it’s almost time for new members to join our team! Find us at the following events to see what we’re all about, check out the car, and sign up for our mailing list to start the process to join!
Monday, Aug. 27 – All day
Outside Wilson Hall
Tuesday, Aug. 28 [...]

6th Place Overall at FSAE-Lincoln!

After the disappointment at Michigan, the team was determined to reach the full potential of the vehicle and finish in the top 10 at Lincoln. Between the two competitions, the entire car had been pushed to its limits during testing. The team had logged over 350 miles of testing on the vehicle and [...]

Thanks to Logic Supply!

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Big thanks to Logic Supply who donated the computer for Car 12! The computer is utilized as an on-board Telemetry Computer which reads in the data from our Data Logger and Engine Controller Unit (ECU) via the available USB ports. Utilizing the on-board system allows the team to increase the efficiency of testing sessions with the ability to review engine parameters and various other data channels in real, time via a USB radio modem, without having to sacrifice the conditions produced by simulated...
2009 Traverse City Cherry Festival Parade
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...

Hagerty Family Car Show

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Hagerty Family Car Show
Today, the MSU Formula Racing Team attended the Hagerty Family Car Show in downtown Traverse City. Although the theme was UofM vs. MSU, it made for a fun and energetic atmosphere. Car 51 was displayed next to UofM’s 2008 Solar Car, both of which drew a tremendous amount of traffic. As always the questions came rolling in about the program, its affiliation with the University, and what exactly we do. Events like the Hagerty Family Car Show are exciting because it allows team members to talk...

Car 12: It’s coming!

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Car 12: It’s coming!
Team members continue to work hard to get Car 12 finished; relinquishing their personal lives in order to finish fabrication. Take a look at the various areas that are currently works in progress. Click to show as pictures as slideshow

Side pods are back!

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Side pods are back!
Tonight the plugs came back for Car 12′s sidepods. Team alumni Jon Luckhardt’s uncle was kind enough to offer up the services of his business to do the machining based upon Aero Team Leader James Guitar’s design. In record time, the plugs went from blocks of Huntsman Corporation Renshape to the sculpted plugs that you see here. Thanks to Jon and his family for their generosity and support of our program! Click to show as pictures as slideshow

Hours of Operation

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Hours of Operation
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...
Most Dedicated Team Members: January & February
A tonight’s general meeting, the first Most Dedicated Team Members 2009 were announced. As has occasionally happened in the past with this award, we had a tie. Both Scott Smith and Brian Smith worked extremely hard during January, seemingly never leaving the shop. Though this was the case with many people, it was felt amongst senior team members that both Scott and Brian had really distinguished themselves over and above everyone with the time they put into the team and their constant positive...

Progress on Car 12 continues

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Progress on Car 12 continues
It’s been a little while since we posted up pictures of what team members spend the vast majority of their time doing: fabrication. Here are a few pictures highlighting the many late nights that have carried through into early mornings for team members of the past few weeks. Click to show as pictures as slideshow

Uni: Part V

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Uni: Part V
Car 12′s molds are back from their second cure at Pratt & Whitney AutoAir’s autoclave, and are currently being prepared for the third and final section prior to being able to being able to be used to actually manufacture Car 12′s chassis. A huge thanks to Pratt & Whitney and team alum Kevin Mead for generously providing the autoclave usage to make Car 12 possible! Click to show as pictures as slideshow
North American International Auto Show
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...

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