“With two years of experience on the current platform, we have huge goals and aspirations for 2016.”
Despite a disappointing end to the competition, the Kettering University Formula SAE team finished 26th in the Lincoln Airpark competition in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 17-20.
The team had scored 463 out of a possible 600 points heading into the endurance test but didn't complete the 22 kilometers evaluation resulting in a total score of 465.5 out of 1,000. The first-place team, San Jose State University finished with 891.2 points.
“At the end of the day, with only the endurance test remaining, we were sitting in a very good position,” said Thomas Vendittelli, Project Manager for the Kettering University Formula team. “We knew that a strong finish in endurance was sure to put us in the winners circle.”
Unfortunately, the formula car was unable to complete the endurance test.
“After we went on the track the vehicle made two laps and then a suspension push rod pulled through a gusset on the front left side of the vehicle, dropping the vehicle to the pavement which removed us from the race,” Vendittelli said. “It was heartbreaking and emotional to see such a great car fail so abruptly.”
The team finished 1st in the cost category which overlays the performance of the vehicle with the resources available to construct it. Historically, the Kettering team has always excelled in this category. The team also finished 28th in business presentation, 10th in design and 12th in autocross.
The team finished 26th and 16th respectively in the two signature competitions in 2015. For next year, the team is focused on dropping weight and analyzing the suspension structure of the vehicle.
“With two years of experience on the current platform, we have huge goals and aspirations for 2016,” Vendittelli said.
Complete list of Kettering’s finishes since 2010
- 2015 - Lincoln Airpark - 26th out of 79 teams (465.5 points out of 1,000)
- 2015 - Michigan International Speedway - 16th out of 105 teams (637.3 points out of 1,000)
- 2014 - Michigan International Speedway - 62nd out of 107 teams (276.2 points out of 1,000)
- 2014 - Lincoln Airpark - 10th out of 67 Teams (719 point out of 1,000)
- 2013 - Michigan International Speedway - 15th out of 108 teams (621.3 points out of 1,000)
- 2013 - Lincoln Airpark - 7th out of 61 teams (807.2 points out of 1,000)
- 2012 - Michigan International Speedway - 74th out of 105 teams (222.4 points out of 1,000)
- 2011 - Michigan International Speedway - N/A
- 2010 - Michigan International Speedway - 32nd out of 102 teams (485.7 points out of 1,000)
2015 Formula Car Specifications
|Faculty Advisor||Dr. Craig Hoff|
|Team Leader||Tom Venditilli|
|Chief Engineer||Adam Watson|
|Brake||Waterjet 1018 Steel Floating Rotors, Tilton MC, Wilwood Calipers|
|Bore, Stroke, # of Cylinders, and Displacement||95mm / 62.4mm / 1 cyl / 450 cc|
|Cooling||Raptor 700 Radiator|
|Drive||Chain driven ATB differential|
|Electronics||Woodward ECM 48|
|FR/RR Track||(1189mm/47") (1189mm/47")|
|Frame||1018 Mild Steel|
|Fuel System||Returnless Relatively Low Pressure EFI|
|Material||Steel and Aluminium|
|Max Power Design|
|MPT||55 Nm @ 8000 RPM|
|Overall Length, Width, and Height||Length: 1980mm / 78" Width: 1392mm / 54.8" Height: 1017mm / 40"|
|Suspension||Double unequal length A-Arm with Pull Rod Front and DA Rear|
|Tire||18x6x10 Hoosier LCO|
|Unique||The Spirit of SAE|
|Weight||342 lbs / 155 kg|
|Wheelbase||1651mm / 65"|