Join UNL's Formula SAE Racing Team

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The Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) seeks students interested in designing and building a formula-style race car to compete in a 2012 competition to be hosted in Lincoln. Meetings are every Thursday at 6 p.m. in Henzlik Hall 45. All majors are welcome. For the first year, we have chosen to use the engine from a Kawasaki ZX-6R sport bike to power our Formula race car. These cars are capable of launching from 0-60 mph in just under 4 seconds.

Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) challenges engineering students from all over the world to design and build a formula-style race car from the ground up. The objective is to build a formula-style race car that will be evaluated by industry professionals for its potential to be produced for the non-professional autocross racer. Every team will be tested on their ability to research, design, build and test their own formula car based on set rules that are given. During competition, each team will be put through a series of events. The two categories are Static and Dynamic events. Static events will include Design, Cost & Manufacturing Analysis and Presentation. Dynamic events consists of Acceleration, Skidpad, Autocross, Fuel Economy and Endurance.

Everybody interested in automobiles, racing and vehicle design should join FSAE. Working with other people is vital to future careers. FSAE does just that. Everyone will have their part on the car, whether its designing, building, running the cost report, driving, marketing or researching, all the students who join will have a great experience. Future employers always like to see potential employees having hands on experience and have teamwork skills. Formula SAE will help any major on campus with the team work skills.

Formula SAE West will be moving the location of the competition from sunny Fontana, California to the heartland Lincoln, Nebraska in 2012. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will have their first ever Formula SAE racing team compete in the 2012 competition as the home team.

Our first and foremost goal is to design a simple and reliable car that is ready for the competition. Other goals that we would like to achieve are to get our name out there for sponsorship and donations, build great teamwork skills and have each student be able to walk out of the meetings to learn something about the automotive industry.

Formula SAE requires a substantial amount of time from each student. Whether if its marketing, researching, designing and building, building a successful car from the ground up from scratch will take a lot of work. But in the end, the experience and dedication will be worth it, for any major.

Meetings are every Thursday at 6 p.m. in Henzlik Hall 45. During these meetings, each group of the team - Suspension, Chassis, Brakes, Powertrain/Electrical - will discuss what they have done so far and seek out goals towards the prize, which would be a successful vehicle.

President, TiLong Nguyen

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