OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Global Formula Racing documentary to be screened

02/24/2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A documentary film, “Relentless,” chronicling a year in the life of the champion Global Formula Racing team will debut at Oregon State University in a free public screening on Friday, March 2.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Kearney Hall Room 112 on the OSU campus. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.

The formula cars will be available for viewing in the lobby of Kearney Hall beginning at 6 p.m., with the 35-minute documentary starting at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, members of the team will share their personal experiences and answer questions.

The Global Formula Racing team is made up of students in a multinational partnership who design and build formula cars for an extremely competitive international racing circuit. With members from OSU and DHBW Ravensburg, Germany, this is only the third team in history to win back-to-back national championships.

The documentary is produced and directed by Justin Smith. The project is a collaboration funded by the College of Engineering and OSU University Relations and Marketing.

Students in the Formula SAE program spend thousands of hours working on the cars, adjusting designs and optimizing their performance. They develop skills in aerodynamics, chassis construction, and mechanical engineering, but also fund raising, business development and other tasks. These project management and teamwork skills are highly valued by many companies and frequently lead to job offers, educators say.