2018 Formula SAE Team Project
Blue Devil Motorsports FSAE is Lawrence Technological University’s Formula SAE team. Each year the team takes on a challenging project to design, manufacture, test, and race a formula-style racecar. Our team consists of about 25 students of various majors all working together toward the same goal. That goal is to gain as much knowledge and experience from this project as we possibly can and of course…to go fast!
Blue Devil Motorsports FSAE is a student-run project team that requires the help of donors to complete our project. Without contributions like yours, our team would not be able to manufacture our car, let alone improve on our design from year to year. By supporting our team, you will be providing us with the resources to invest in new lab equipment, travel costs to multiple competitions, and the materials we need to build these amazing machines.
Our team works together for about 9 months to build each racecar. The car requires thousands of hours of work from the students just to make it through inspection and even more to stand on the podium. This program attracts and builds up some of the brightest and most hard working engineers and students in the world. The project forces students to think outside the box, taking the theory we learn in the classroom and putting it into practice.
What’s Next for us?
Our 2018 vehicle is going to be the most technologically advanced and fastest car we have ever built. The power plant for the car will be will be a 2017 Yamaha R6 engine cooled by twin radiators. The vehicle will feature paddle controlled pneumatic shifting for lighting fast 200 millisecond shifts. For the suspension, we are rolling out a completely new design to accommodate a 10 inch wheel. All of that will be bolted to a lightweight steel spaceframe with excellent stiffness. Last but certainly not least we will be implementing an experimental aero package to give us the extra edge we need on the track. Our design phase is nearly wrapped up and we are now seeking the support and resources necessary to turn our designs into reality.
2018 Vehicle Specifications
- Weight: 450 lbs
- Horsepower: 85 hp
- 0-60MPH Time: 3.3 seconds
- Drivetrain: Chain drive, RWD
- Peak Lateral Acceleration: 1.5 g
Formula SAE is a student engineering competition that has its roots firmly planted at Lawrence Tech, where the first Michigan competition was held over 30 years ago. The competition has since grown to be a global event with two events in the United States and more in, Germany, Australia, and Canada. The largest event is held at the Michigan International Speedway every May with over 120 teams from around the world. The competition involves two types of events: dynamic and static. The dynamic events consist of four races (acceleration, skidpad, autocross, and endurance) and evaluate the actual performance of the car. The static events measure the team’s design, marketing, financial, and management abilities. By evaluating all of these aspects, Formula SAE requires the best and brightest students to construct an innovative, cutting-edge vehicle that pushes the technological limits further each year.