Race Car Performance Increase Using a Precision-Fabricated Aerodynamics (Wing) Package

Race Car Performance Increase Using a Precision-Fabricated Aerodynamics (Wing) Package poster

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Research Authorship:

Jacob Millard, Brian Ramsey, Dr. John Nuszkowski

Faculty Mentor:

Dr. John Nuszkowski | College of Computing, Engineering and Construction | School of Engineering

Abstract:

Formula SAE is an international collegiate competition that spans over 300 campuses worldwide. Each year, teams from these campuses design and manufacture a prototype Formula-style race car to compete in various static and dynamic competitions every May in Michigan. Static competitions include engineering design, business presentations, and cost accounting; while Dynamic competitions include Autocross, Acceleration, and Endurance racing events, where the prototype cars from each team race head-to-head in a bid to achieve first place. Of the 300+ campuses that participate in Formula SAE, only 120 are permitted to compete in the Michigan competition each year and The University of North Florida, Osprey Racing is one of them. The design approach that will produce the most competitive vehicle for Michigan in May of 2020 is the implementation of an aerodynamics system using precision CNC machining and ‘negative’ mold designs. The system will incorporate multi-element front and rear wings designed to generate high downforce, even at low speeds. This approach has never been attempted before by Osprey Racing and will best take advantage of the current vehicle’s handling characteristics and raw power.

1 thought on “Race Car Performance Increase Using a Precision-Fabricated Aerodynamics (Wing) Package”

  1. Karen Cousins

    Great job, Jacob and Brian! I hope you’ll be able to actually race the car — please keep me posted.

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