2012 Formula SAE Competition
The USC Racing team has recently returned with the mixed feelings of
disappointment and renewed energy from the
2012 Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Formula SAE competition starts with the various international
collegiate teams each conceiving, designing, and building a car to
enter. The competition consists of two broad classes of events:
static and dynamic. The static events include a cost of manufacturing
event, a business case presentation, and an engineering design report
competition. The dynamic events are the races—an acceleration
event, the skid pad, an autocross, and a combination fuel economy and
endurance race. The scores from all the individual events are
conbined to give a final score, with the static events contributing
about one-third and the dynamic events two-thirds.
The trip was both
challenging and rewarding, with the team coming away with a very
valuable learning experience. They overcame a number of hurdles, but
an engine failure led to their
ultimate withdrawal from the final race.
Despite their withdrawal from the Endurance event, they did well in
a number of events. The team successfully
and quickly passed Tech Inspection and was able to deliver excellent
Cost, Business, and Design Presentations.
Despite the unfortunate setbacks, they had a valuable and rewarding
racing trip to Lincoln. They anticipate being a
top team next year, and have already begun working on next year's entry,
with plans to have the car rolling in time to race it locally before
heading off to the 2013 SAE competition.
|USC's 2012 Formula SAE Team. From left: Mike Kennedy, John
Baltz III, Teresa Daugherty, Victor Silva, Alec Mandell, Rodney
Yates, Nathan Pandian, Elias Izpisua-Rodriguez, Tyler Makin, Chris
Ono, Coby Hartman, Mary Hall, Lee Logan, Henry Lewis, Max Ernst,
Pablo Hernandez, Jason Zide.