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These Badgers are Number 1!
The team is composed of six special-interest groups: Suspension, Drivetrain, Powertrain, Electrical, Frame and Body, and Business. Each group is headed by a team leader and the whole organization is overseen by a faculty advisor. Through a variety of talent and lots of dedication, we work each year to fund, design, fabricate, and race a high performance, open wheeled race car. We design and fabricate the car ourselves in our own facilities and then compete in the international SAE competition each year against 140 other colleges and universities. The ultimate goal is to win, but the experience and problem solving skills gained along the way help prepare us for careers in industry.
Why do we do this? First of all, it's loads of fun. Secondly, we can get degree credit for it. Finally, it is one of the best engineering experiences that we could ever have in our undergraduate studies. Students join the team by volunteering or enrolling in the courses Mechanical Engineering 491/492 Formula SAE, or Mechanical Engineering 291/299. The course is structured as a three-credit design elective, or a one-credit elective course, both of which count toward fulfilling College of Engineering graduation requirements. Building a car requires a lot of hands, so the only requirement for joining is a will to learn and a drive to succeed.
Formula SAE Competition
The Formula SAE Competition is held each May in Detroit, Michigan. Bringing together 140 teams from around the world, the competition gives teams a chance to show off what they've designed and built, as well as learn from other teams. Cars are judged in both static and dynamic events, making the design and preparation just as important as the final car performance.
Facing over 100 teams from around the world, we found some good competition in Romeo, MI as the team competed for the Formula SAE World Champion title from May 16th-20th. Everything came together as we had better luck than last year, making it through endurance and qualifying for design finals for the first time in recent UW history. Thanks to everyone who participated in the competition, it was awesome to see so many cars and dedicated teams. Also congratulations to the University of Western Australia and TU Graz for their second and third place finishes!
Complete 2007 Official Results
University of Wisconsin - Madison Results
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