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The UNT Mean Green Racing | Formula SAE team will be at the "Texas Autocross Weekend," July 19-20, and will be driving the Formula SAE series race car that the team built from the ground up.
The event, hosted by UTA, brings together student representatives from schools across the nation for Formula SAE racing. There is no entry fee for those who want to watch; spectators should bring shade and chairs. Parking will be in UTA lot #49, and the event will be in lot #52 (http://www.uta.edu/maps/pdf/UTArlingtonCampusMap-letter.pdf).
Since December 2012, the UNT students had been working long hours in the machine shop at Discovery Park to build a fast and efficient Formula SAE series race car. At the end of the Spring semester, the race car was on display during the College of Engineering’s Design Day, and groups of seniors from Engineering Technology and Mechanical and Energy Engineering presented their parts of the project.
For the first time, the team competed this year against about 80 other university chapters in an international Society for Automotive Engineers Formula SAE race held June 19-22 in Lincoln, Neb. According to Engineering Technology Department chair Enrique Barbieri, "Experts had warned us that it would be nearly impossible to build the Formula SAE car to the given specs in just one year, let alone try to compete. Our dedicated team of students not only beat those odds, but were among the 27 teams out of 80 who managed to complete every single event! They placed 31st overall, were invited to a dinner joining a few of the top teams, and received many congratulatory remarks by judges, companies, sponsors, and other teams.”
UNT students, whether or not they are engineering majors, are welcome to participate in the 2014 team. For more information, visit the UNT Mean Green Racing | Formula SAE Facebook page.