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Schulich racing teams revved up for summer competitions in U.S.

UToday HomeMay 31, 2013

By Jennifer Sowa

Student teams from the Schulich School of Engineering who designed and built an off-road vehicle, a race car and an electric motorcycle are preparing to tear up the tracks at events in the United States as they kick off the summer competition season.

At a campus send-off Friday morning, the teams celebrated the results of their innovative work and prepared for competitions in New York, Nebraska and Utah.

The off-road vehicle can tackle tracks, steep hills, tight corners, and large obstacles. The Formula SAE race car is light, nimble and able to round corners quickly. And the electric bike is whisper-quiet, yet ready for competition, getting its power from a series of rechargeable batteries.

In addition to being judged on performance of the cars, the teams are evaluated on design and cost. Both car teams have made significant changes to their vehicles this year, which they believe will give them the competitive edge they need to keep climbing the competition rankings. Last year, Schulich Off-Road placed 13th overall at the Baja SAE Oregon 2012 Competition, a big jump over their 58th placing in Illinois in 2011.

“The improvements made to this year’s car should make it even faster around the course while being more comfortable to drive and more robust,” says Schulich Off-Road logistics team captain, Kathleen Szymanek.

At last year’s Formula SAE Competition, Schulich Racing finished in the middle of the pack among 80 teams. This year, the goal is to make it to the top 20.

“Nowhere else in one’s educational or work career does someone learn and progress as he or she does as a member of one of these teams because you’re applying your knowledge to real-world engineering challenges,” says Shaun Sidhu, team leader of Schulich Racing.

Team Zeus, the group of students who built the electric motorcycle, will be competing for the first time in July. “This is a high-performance, zero-emissions electric racing league motorcycle,” explains president Siegfried Baumann. “It’s exciting to be taking part because the top bikes are already getting close to the performance levels of gasoline bikes and the technology is advancing rapidly.”

Team Zeus will be the first team from a Canadian university to race in the North American TTXGP in Utah.

The Schulich Off-Road team will compete in Rochester, New York from June 6 - 9 at the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Competition; Schulich Racing will represent the University of Calgary in Lincoln, Nebraska from June 19-22 at the Formula SAE Competition.

Schulich Off-Road: www.ucalgary.ca/bajasae

Schulich Racing: www.ucalgary.ca/schulichracing

Team Zeus: http://suclubs.orgsync.com/org/teamzeus/home

 

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