2015 Frame Has Arrived!

100_1720The tube pieces for our frame arrived this weekend and have been unpacked and sorted in preparation for the jigging stage. Our team sends a big thank you to the gentlemen at Technique Inc. for the work they put in towards getting it out to us. The build season has officially begun!

CUFSAE Newsletter 18-1 Is Now Live!

Issue 18-1Our Fall newsletter is finally here, and we’ve got a lot to talk about! Fall recruitment, SAE Speaker Series, Annual Football Tailgate, and much more. Inside you’ll meet the newest team leaders as well as the team’s engineering goals for the year!

Click here to check out Clemson Formula SAE Team Newsletter 18-1.

Big Recruiting Year, Big Promises

100_1693With the start of October rapidly approaching, CUFSAE Fall recruitment has come to an end and it’s time to dig hard for 2015. With record member retention for this time of year, we’re looking forward to beginning our shop certification process and working hard on designs. Look out for our first Fall newsletter coming soon highlighting all of our early Fall events including our annual football tailgate at Littlejohn Coliseum, SAE Speaker Series, our first team cookout and movie night, and more!

Comp Recap Newsletter

Comp Recap NewsletterIt’s officially here!  Check out the full recap of our efforts at FSAE Michigan and FSAE Lincoln 2014, by clicking here!  Despite some rough patches, it’s been a good rebuilding year with a lot of new members who will be coming back for a strong 2015 build.  Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters, and members for your contributions and dedication to our team!

Clemson FSAE Takes Lincoln by Storm

Lincoln PictureIt was bound to be a gritty performance. Six members of the Clemson FSAE team traveled 1200 miles to the Lincoln Airpark to redeem the misgivings of engine failures at Michigan and every member had to give it their all. The weather was a new factor, with temperatures upwards of 95 degrees causing multiple engine failures and two cars to overheat and catch fire, however the small team was ready for the challenge. Despite an electrical error causing the fans to shut off during the race, the team completed every event and managed to perform an engine swap the morning of endurance. There were several highlights from the event: CUFSAE finished 14th in acceleration, 20th in endurance, and 21st overall in the event. The most memorable accomplishment of the competition came in the business presentation, where the team won its first event ever receiving all of the possible points. Despite the electrical issues, the team was happy to come home with a car capable of running in the top 10 and taking home a trophy from the business presentation event.

We’ll have a full competition recap in our upcoming newsletter, but for now we’d like to thank our sponsors for allowing us to compete in Lincoln and assert the team as a force in two competitions across the United States. Coming home as the top team in business shows that we have a comprehensive knowledge of each aspect of the competition and we are excited to repeat and improve the performance next year.

Technical Difficulties at FSAE Michigan

Team Picture

After a year of hard work and sleepless nights, the Clemson Formula SAE team fell short at the FSAE Michigan Competition after numerous brake and engine failures led to DNF’s in acceleration, skidpad, and the endurance events. The team finished 64th of 120 registered teams but returns home determined to troubleshoot and prepare the car for a top ten finish at the competition in Lincoln in mid-June.

Despite the mechanical issues, there were highlights during the trip. The team recorded it’s best finish in the business presentation, placing 8th and placed 17th in the cost event. Also of note, the team won the pushbar competition for the second time in three years with the carbon-fiber corvette pushbar seen in the picture. There will be a more complete rundown of the event in our competition newsletter, however we can all say that our disappointment is only matched by our determination to make this car live up to its true potential. We still believe that this car is capable of a top 10 finish and we’re ready to prove it to the world at FSAE Lincoln.

Thank You Clemson Machining and Technical Services!

Uprights

You know it’s a good day when your uprights come in and you get prepreg on the same day. We’d like to send a big thank you to Truman Nicholson and all of Clemson Machining and Technical Services for getting these uprights machined quickly. They look great and they’ll look even better tonight when they’re on our car!

Thank You Composites One and Axiom

Composites One

We’d like to send out a big thank you to Composites One and Axiom for donating two rolls of carbon-fiber epoxy prepreg for the team. This prepreg (named for the fact that the carbon fiber weave is pre-impregnanted with epoxy resin) will be used for bodywork layup for the 2015 car as well as experimental parts such as air ducts.