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Formula Buckeyes SAE improves vehicle, ranks 18th among 128 at Michigan International Speedway competition

Credit: Taylor WilsonImproving on the vehicle that debuted at last year's international competition, the Formula Buckeyes SAE team improved its overall rankings from 46th place to 18th place. Competitors included 127 other domestic and international colleges and universities vying to finish first in both static and dynamic events. The Ohio State team, which works out of the engineering Student Projects building at Ohio State Center for Automotive Research, spent the last eight months refining the vehicle in preparation for the competition.

Evan Bunner, team manager and City & Regional Planning major, describes the intense effort. "The team put in a huge amount of work leading up to the Michigan Competition and it paid off. The single most determining factor between then and now was our ability to test and improve reliability."

The real test of grit for reliability is the Endurance dynamic event. Ohio State completed twenty-four of twenty-four laps around the Formula 1-style track, placing 12th with a time of 24.724 minutes. Student drivers Collin Mocas and Greg Massey, both mechanical engineering majors, piloted the vehicle during the event. "Apart from our many improvements to the car, we were also able to make improvements in driving. The drivers learned the car's dynamic characteristics inside and out making for very fast and consistent times in the various events," Bunner commented.

The team is using time this week to make small adjustments, then it's back to competition next week. This time the team will compete in Quebec, Canada. Watch for photos and updates.


About Formula Buckeyes SAE
The Formula Buckeyes SAE race team consists of students from a  variety of majors including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical  Engineering, Welding Engineering,  Business Administration, Marketing, and Art & Technology. Through this variety of talent and dedication, we fund, design, fabricate, and race a high performance, open wheeled race car. We compete against over 110 other colleges and universities at the Eastern (Detroit) and Western (California) Formula SAE competitions. The concept of the Formula SAE competition is to allow students to take part in vehicle research, development, and fabrication. FSAE students are highly sought after in industry as a result of their real world problem solving experience gained while on the team.

Holly Henley, OSU CAR Communications/Marketing,