New race cars designed by Purdue Motorsports students unveiled

Purdue Motorsports unveils its three Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series vehicles, Purdue's Formula single-seat formula-style car, Purdue's Baja single-seat off-road style car, and Purdue's Electric formula-style car, on April 15, 2022, in West Lafayette.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Motorsports unveiled three of their newest race cars designed and built for the 2022 Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series.

Since 1983, Purdue students have competed in the event with custom race cars that they worked on throughout the winter and spring, readying the cars to race against other universities in the summer.

Many of these students faced a unique challenge that their predecessors never dealt – the pandemic altered the structure of how these teams normally functioned in prior years.

“Now last year, our teams actually did really well, because during COVID, it forced everyone to collaborate remotely. So that means they had to document their processes in more detail. In fact, that’s a major part of the SAE competition. It’s not just the driving; students have to also give a design presentation and a business presentation to showcase the decision-making that went into their team engineering choices,” said Jared Pike, the communication specialist for Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering.

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