MRacing sets acceleration record at SAE event

May 19, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Rocketing from zero to 75 mph in 3.766 seconds, the University of Michigan's MRacing Formula SAE team set an SAE Collegiate Design Series record in acceleration at the event held at Michigan International Speedway May 12-15.

Racing against 120 teams from universities and colleges across the globe, the team had its best finish in 16 years. The Michigan team took second overall in the competition.

"It was very exciting," said project manager and driver Katherine Lapham, a senior mechanical engineering student. "Our goal was to finish in the top five this year and we were aiming for top three. The top teams from Europe did come to the Michigan event this year."

MRacing won first in the GM Acceleration Award, the FEV Powertrain Development Award and the Joe Gibbs Spirit of Innovation Award; and second in the R&D Americas Inc Dynamic Event Award and the GM Endurance Award. The Gibbs award recognizes a simulation that Sumeet Rai, a senior mechanical engineering student, has performed over the past few years.

This was the first of two international competitions the team participates in every year. The next is in Germany, Aug. 4-8.

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"The whole team is ecstatic about our finish and we hope we can take this momentum overseas," said team captain Chai Pocknett, a senior student.

MRacing has been a College of Engineering student organization since 1986. The team came in first in this U.S. competition in 1994.

Pocknett credits the intense testing schedule for the team's impressive finish.

"Some years, we only manage to do five days of testing. This year, we had more than a month," Pocknett said.

Pocknett thanks the college for giving the team access to the parking lot near their shop, and Ford for allowing them to use space at Michigan Proving Grounds.

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frajo
5 / 5 (1) May 19, 2010
75 mph in 3.766 s amounts to an acceleration of roughly 31864 m*s**(-2) and thus 100 km/h in 3.14 s. Which doesn't sound too impressive for the bikers among us.
You know: Suzuki GSX-R 1000 (3.0 s), Benelli TNT 1130 (2.9 s), Suzuki Hayabusa (2.9 s), Honda x-11 (2.8 s), Yamaha Vmax (2.7 s). :)