CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Global Formula Racing team at Oregon State University recently completed the 2011 season with two more competition victories in Austria and Germany.
The team, which now is competing with both combustion engine and electric racing cars constructed by students, is a unique collaboration of students from OSU and Duale Hochschule Baden Wurttemberg Ravensburg in Germany. Global Formula Racing won three of its five competitions this year, including back-to-back national championships at an event in Michigan.
This was the third consecutive year that Global Formula Racing has won the Austrian competition, in this collegiate sport that is hugely popular in Europe where almost every university sponsors a team. It was also the first venue of the year in which the team competed in both the combustion and electric car classes, and the electric car took third place overall in Germany.
“We work all year as one team to complete both cars,” team captain Jeff Delany said. “Although we were forced to have designated members for each vehicle class at the competition, I believe that no one felt that separation on the team. To have two cars finish in the top three is an amazing accomplishment.”
The German competition, team members said, is often considered the most competitive of the Formula SAE student series, with teams from more than 25 countries competing and using updated vehicle designs.
Cars in these events are judged on such factors as design, endurance, fuel efficiency, project management planning, acceleration and other areas. OSU has been very successful in this sport in recent years, often beating teams from the Midwest that have historic ties to the automotive industry.
Students working on these cars learn such skills as aerodynamics, chassis construction and mechanical engineering, but also other tasks such as fund raising and creation of business plans.