It’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!
It 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.
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.
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!
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.
The 2014 Clemson Formula SAE Car (Tentatively named “Sabrina”) made a stunning debut at the CUICAR unveiling with CUBAJA. The team worked endless hours to prepare the car for its first showing and we think the results are fantastic. We can’t wait to get this one on the track and see what it can do. The car still needs to have a few tweaks, but those parts have already been assembled and all that remains is simple installation.
We’d like to thank our sponsors for all of their assistance, and if you’d like to see where your decal has landed on our car, send us a note and we’ll be happy to get you a picture! We’d also like to thank CUICAR, Dr. Robert Prucka, and Clemson Formula SAE Alumni Victor Hugo for their assistance in running point on this event.
We’re really excited to announce that both of Clemson’s SAE design teams will be unveiling their 2014 competition series vehicles this Friday at the Campbell Graduate Center at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. Join us at CUICAR at 4pm for a reception with refreshments followed by the unveiling at 5pm. Everyone is welcome to attend! For more information, check out our mid spring newsletter by clicking here.
Our Spring Break has been filled with welding, grinding, milling, turning, layups, and Bondo, and Airtech Advanced Materials Group has donated a ton of material to get the bodywork team through the next step of carbon-fiber layup. Airtech supplied cotton batting, breather material, vacuum bagging, vacuum tape, and about all the release films and peel-ply that you can imagine. We’re super excited to try out the material which should give us some of the best carbon fiber layup results we’ve ever had. Thank you Airtech!
CU-ICAR came out to support the Clemson Formula Team this Friday by spreading their knowledge. Gary Mathis is in charge of Machining and Fabrication Technical Support at CU-ICAR. Gary gave new and old members a lesson on how to better use the lathe, which is much needed for a team so dependent on in-house machining. We’d like to thank Gary for taking the time to come out and help the members.