Formula SAE team finishes fifth

The Texas A&M Formula SAE team finished fifth at the 2012 Formula SAE Lincoln Student Design competition that was held recently at the Lincoln Air Park in Lincoln, Neb.

There were a total of 80 entries from seven different countries competing in the event, with the team from the University of Kansas taking top honors. The University of Texas at Arlington was second.

The competition consisted of both static and dynamic events. In dynamic events Texas A&M’s entry finished second in endurance, third in skid pads, fifth in autocross, fifth in economy and 13th in acceleration. In the static events, Texas A&M was eighth in design, 13th in cost and 36th in presentation.

The team was made up of students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution.

This year, the students decided to build a light, nimble car, said faculty advisor Dr. Make McDermott. Their car weighed only 344 pounds, with the two biggest weight savings resulting from the choice of a Yamaha YFZ450R single cylinder engine and 10-inch wheels and tires. The concepts that the students chose improved performance in the economy event but resulted in less power than the four cylinder cars, cost points in the acceleration event

Complete results for Formula SAE Lincoln 2012 are available at http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries/results/.