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The UC FSAE Team is in the Top 4 - Again!

The UC FSAE Team is in the Top 4 - Again!

13 happy FSAE team members

Bearcat Motorsports: Saturday April 26, 2008


Bearcat Motorsports, the University of Cincinnati Formula SAE Team, again finished very strong, winding up in 4th place in the first race of the 2008 race season, continuing the Team’s success from the 2007 race season. The 2008 Formula SAE competition, held at the Virginia International Raceway over the last four days was won by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly Missouri-Rolla), the University of Illinois, the University of Cincinnati and then Drexel University.

Bearcat MotorSports finished 1st in the Fuel Economy Event, top 10 in all driving events, 4th in the Design Event and no worse than 13th in any other of the competition events for a very consistent showing. Official results will be posted shortly on the SAE web site . The University of Cincinnati was again the top university from the Big East Conference. This finish marks the third race in a row that the Bearcats have finished in 4th place. In two races last year, Bearcat MotorSports finished 4th at the Michigan FSAE competition in May 2007 and again placed 4th in the Formula Student competition held at the Silverstone Circuit  in England in July 2007.

Bearcat Motorsports  is the UC student group that participates in Formula SAE, a collegiate design competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and supported by all of the major automotive companies and suppliers. This competition was the inaugural event at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia for FSAE and was held in conjunction with the Bosch Engineering 250, a Grand Am Rolex Series Event. The competition involves the design, construction, and testing of an open-wheel, Formula One style racecar. The students are involved in design, cost analysis and sales/marketing presentations as well as static and driving competitions against more than 28 other collegiate teams over four days. This event is the first event of the FSAE race season and is limited to 50 universities from all over the world. This year 43 teams registered but 15 teams could not finish their cars in time for the competition. Bearcat MotorSports will compete in two other US FSAE event this season including the Michigan FSAE event from May 14-18, 2008 (140 universities) and the California FSAE event from June 25-28, 2008 (80 universities). Currently, there are other affiliated Formula SAE races in the United States, England, Germany, Italy, Australia, Japan, Brazil and counting!

Bearcat Motorsports is partially supported by the University Funding Board, as one of several Academic Intercollegiate Competition (AIC) groups. Other funding comes from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the College of Engineering, the Herman Schneider Foundation, several large local industry partners (Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Toyota, General Electric, Cummins, Ethicon Endosurgery) as well as a large number of smaller industry partners (DieCraft Machining & Engineering, Performance Electronics, Morris Technologies, SSK Industries). Notably, a UC alumnus, Mr. Randy Alexoff, President Vari-Wall Tube Specialists, has taken on the Team as a major sponsor the past several years, providing a significant amount of funding that has allowed the Team to be more competitive.

This year’s Team is dominated by senior Mechanical Engineering students. The Team Leader is Bill Wise (a five year veteran of the Team), who together with Graduate Student Advisor Fred Jabs, Matt Warren, Skylar Street, Damien Loisy, Tony Louderbough and Todd Sohngen operate as the Technical Committee. Tony Louderbough and Nick Ciavarro work together in the Business Leader role, managing funds and sponsorship efforts. Other Team members include: Nate Brown, Bob Czanik,
Wesley Czech, Jay Davison, Chris Larsen, DJ Leisl, Dan Prince, Dan Ruggiero, Dennis Spitznagel, Ben Stayton, Chris Stough and Kyle Waymeyer plus a number of other undergraduate students who contribute their time when possible.

Bearcat MotorSports will be holding a Meet the Team Event at the Catskeller, Level 1 of the Tangeman University Center (TUC), on Thursday May 8 from 3-7 where this year’s car will be on display.

For more information, please contact: Team Leader, Bill Wise ; Special Events Coordinator, Nick Ciavarro;  or Faculty Advisor, Professor R.J. Allemang .