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SPSU Motorsports has best finish ever in Formula SAE event

Motorsports_teamJULY 1, 2014 – Congratulation to SPSU Motorsports on the team’s best finish ever – 17th out of 80 – in an international Formula SAE student design competition in Lincoln, Neb., June 18-21.

Overall, SPSU finished ahead of Auburn University of Alabama, Clemson University of South Carolina, the University of South Florida in Tampa and Purdue University of West Lafayette, Ind.

Organized by SAE International (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers), this intense undertaking challenges students to venture beyond textbook theory by designing, building and testing the performance of a real Formula-style racecar.

Finishing among the top 20 of the highly respected engineering schools from around the globe that took part in the competition was no small feat. Until now, SPSU has been lucky enough to do so just twice since entering its first FSAE competition in 1995, placing 18th in 1998 and 20th in 2007.

The racing team, advised by Randy Emert, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology, also achieved another milestone in Lincoln. The teams compete in cost reporting, business presentations, design presentations, acceleration, skid pad, autocross, endurance and fuel efficiency, and SPSU Motorsports brought home a trophy for third place in acceleration.

Of the 80 participating teams, only 29, including SPSU, completed the endurance test. SPSU also finished sixth in cost reporting and, in passing the technical inspection, SPSU Motorsports had the fastest time exiting the vehicle at 2.5 seconds.

On behalf of the team, Prof. Emert thanked the Student Government Association, the Alumni Association, the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, SPSU Motorsports sponsors and the SPSU student body for their encouragement and support.

For more information about the competition and complete results, visit