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Formula SAE racecars to compete on SPSU campus Sat., Jan. 5

Formula SAE racecars to compete on SPSU campus Sat., Jan. 5

SPSU Formula SAE Team

JAN. 4, 2013 -- The Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) Motorsports Formula SAE team will host its first-ever Invitational Competition and Dyno Day on Sat., Jan. 5 The event promises to attract the best Formula SAE (FSAE), micro-racers, karting, and off-road vehicles in the Southeast to the SPSU campus for a full day of racing, displaying and testing the vehicles as well as driver training.

The event starts at 8 a.m. and winds down around 5-6 p.m. Spectators are welcome, and there will be signage leading to the locations on campus being used.

Teams of students are bringing cars and karts they’ve designed and built at Auburn (Ala.) University, Mississippi State University, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern University, North Carolina State University and Clemson (S.C.) University, as well as institutions in Florida.

Formula SAE is a series of student design competitions hosted by SAE International, formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers. The SPSU Motorsports Formula SAE team has been competing in official and unofficial events since 1993 and is working on a new car to enter in the largest FSAE competition in the United States, held in Michigan in May.

For its FSAE-Style Invitational Competition, SPSU team members have designed a race course with twists and turns in a parking lot next to the Civil Engineering Technology building (Building L) and the Student Competition Team Building (Building O). They’ve obtained sponsors for the event and judges from the racing and automotive engineering industry, according to Team Advisor Randy Emert, an assistant professor in SPSU’s Mechanical Engineering Technology department.

SPSU will also be offering visiting competitors the chance to test their engines on a DynoJet chassis dynamometer, used in the testing and development of past formula, electric and student-project vehicles. The team will also give their visitors tours of the racecar shop, machine shop and welding room in the SPSU Engineering Technology Center (Building Q).