Terps Racing – 2012 Racecar Design

The University of Maryland’s Formula SAE team is a world ranked collegiate design group. Every year they design, build and compete an open-wheeled racecar. Competition includes almost 1000 different schools from all around the world, the University of Maryland is currently ranked 8th.

The focus of this year is an aerodynamic design featuring a complex undertray. The advanced design will add downforce to the car, which will allow it to turn at higher speeds without losing traction. This will lead to faster lap times.

High-density Precision Board Plus was donated by Coastal Enterprises and used to create a 3D model of the undertray. did the CNC machining, cutting machining time down from last year’s ten weeks to just several days. Once finished, the team applied an overlay of carbon fiber and Nomex to add stiffness and flame resistance to the design.

For more info about the UMD racing program check out: www.terpsracing.com/.