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UC Formula SAE Team Finishes in Top 4!

Bearcat MotorSports, the UC Formula SAE Team, finished the competition at the Ford Proving Grounds in Romeo, Michigan in 4th place out of 140+ universities registered for the race. The event was held May 16-20, 2007.

UC Formula SAE Team Finishes in Top 4!

Bearcat Motorsports 2007 Team shows off their work

Press Release: The UC FSAE Team is Back in the Top 4!

 

Bearcat Motorsports: Sunday, May 20, 2007

 

After five years of frustration where something always seemed to knock them out in the Endurance Race, the last event of the Formula SAE competition, Bearcat Motorsports, the University of Cincinnati Formula SAE Team, finished very strong, winding up in 4th place in the world, matching the Team’s best showing ever in this international competition!  The 2007 Formula SAE competition was won by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by the University of Western Australia, Graz University of Technology (Austria), the University of Cincinnati and then the University of Toronto.  Official results are up on the SAE web site (http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries/fsae/).  The University of Cincinnati was second among the US universities and the top university from the Big East Conference.

 

 

Bearcat Motorsports (www.eng.uc.edu/studorg/sae/fsae/) is the UC student group that participates in Formula SAE, a collegiate design competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and funded by Ford, General Motors and The Chrysler Group.  The competition took place at the Ford Proving Grounds in Romeo, Michigan from May 16-20 this year and involves the design, construction, and testing of an open-wheel, Formula One style racecar.  The students are involved in design, cost analysis and marketing presentations as well as static and driving competitions against more than 140 other collegiate teams over four days.  Over 100 universities were able to pass the technical inspection this year allowing them to participate in the driving/dynamic events.  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 12 Academic Intercollegiate Competition groups.  Other funding comes from the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Nuclear Engineering, College of Engineering, 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 this year, providing a significant amount of funding that has allowed the Team to be more competitive and will fund much of the trip to the Formula Student competition in Silverstone, England later this summer in July.

 

This year’s Team is dominated by senior Mechanical Engineering students.  The Team Leader is B.J. Stoney (a five year veteran of the Team), who together with Ryan Stobbs, Ben Rawe, Fred Jabs, and David Moster, operate as the Technical Committee.  Ryan Stobbs also serves as the Business Leader managing funds and driving sponsorship efforts.  Experienced advice and counsel was given by several graduate students: Fred Jabs, Ryan Lake, Dave Moster, and Thomas Steed.  Other Team members include: Ryan Bauer, Marc Breitman, Mike Dembkowski, Destry Ditto, Mike Flitcraft, Ben Frisby, Keith Hamilton, Adam Higgins, Jerold Murray, Nathan Schmucker, Kerry Trombley, Tom Warburg, Justin Ward, Matt Warner, and Bill Wise.  Next year’s Team is already beginning to take shape with junior Bill Wise, who is one of the current drivers and has been involved with the Team since his freshman year.

 

For more information, please contact Team Leader, B.J. Stoney (benjamin.stoney@gmail.com) or Faculty Advisor, Professor R.J. Allemang (randall.allemang@uc.edu).