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UTSA engineering students to race car in California

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 6, 2006)--The University of Texas at San Antonio's student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have designed and built a race car and plan to compete with over 70 other universities in the prestigious Formula-SAE competition June 14-17 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Before leaving for the competition, the team will have a public viewing of the race car from 11 a.m to 1 p.m., Thurday, June 8 at the first floor atrium of the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building on the UTSA 1604 Campus.

The 478-pound car, designed and constructed by engineering students, looks and functions like a formula-type race car and has a 600cc, 84 horsepower engine. Students built the car at the UTSA machine shop.

"We did a lot of research on driver design to have a reliable vehicle that can race fast at the competition," said Ben Schilling, SAE formula car team spokesman, and one of three UTSA engineering students on the team with previous formula car design experience.

Luke Bonecutter and Rae Acuna also worked on UTSA's 2004 formula car that raced in Detroit. Acuna said, "This is an impressive vehicle and I am proud of the team's efforts as we go forth to represent the university at this competition."

To fund the project and competition, the team received donations from the Brown Foundation, the UTSA College of Engineering and family members.

Other SAE formula car team members are Michael Daniel, Zach Anderson, Nick Mazzanti and Kota Miyakita, and faculty adviser Randy Manteufel.

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