This weekend on April 28th, the University of Maryland SAE team, Terps Racing, will be unveiling their car for the 2012 Formula SAE season. Formula SAE is a massive international student design competition that has been in place since 1979. The concept behind SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car for evaluation as a production item. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules designed to promote clever problem solving.
This competition is designed to help mechanical engineering students fast track towards an entry-level position in the automotive design field by promoting hands on skills in all aspects of design, testing, marketing, management and financing.
Each competition has over 70 schools, and worldwide there are over 1200 different teams. Coastal Enterprises regularly donates Precision Board Plus to many schools involved in the SAE competition. If you happen to be near College Park, MD, you can attend the unveiling of the 2012 Terps Race Car for free at the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Plaza. The Terps Racing project manager, C.J. Gorell, will be sending over pictures and details of the build process after the unveiling, so be sure to check back soon to see how Precision Board Plus HDU is involved in this innovative process!