The Jayhawk Motorsports team finished in the top 10 in two recent international Formula car competitions.
The team earned ninth place in the Formula Hybrid competition and ninth in the Formula SAE Michigan competition.
This year marked the first time KU had designed and built a car for the Formula Hybrid competition, held May 1-4 in Loudon, N.H.
“I think KU’s participation in Formula Hybrid opened a lot of opportunities to students to take part in a great project,” said Jayhawk Motorsports team leader Abby Rimel, a senior in mechanical engineering. “Competing for the first time was a challenging undertaking, but a number of students really rose to that challenge. Passing the technical inspection and finishing in the top 10 was a great accomplishment this year, and we’re optimistic about the prospects for improving in the future.”
At the traditional Formula competition in Michigan, held May 11-14 in Brooklyn, Mich., the team finished ninth out of 121 registered teams and fifth among qualifiers from the United States. The team’s performance was highlighted by a first-place finish in the autocross portion of the competition — a 60-second race around obstacles with speeds reaching 70 miles per hour. Jayhawk Motorsports finished its autocross run 15 seconds faster than the best time in 2010. The team also finished fourth in presentation and eighth in endurance, which is a longer version of the autocross competition, held on a 13.7-mile course.
The team won two sets of tires for its first-place finish in the autocross portion of the competition and another set tires for its combined score in the autocross and endurance competition.
Focus now shifts to Formula SAE California, set for June 15-18 in Fontana, Calif.
“We are confident that the car is very fast and the team is eagerly looking forward to traveling to California for a chance to place even higher,” Rimel said. “We are currently planning vehicle testing and putting efforts toward ways we can improve performance in some of the static events. Hopes are high that the team can potentially do very well.”