New Rensselaer Motorsport Vehicle Revealed Ahead of Competition

by Torie Wells on April 4, 2019

Rensselaer Motorsport Unveils 2019 Car

Students from Rensselaer Motorsport, the Formula SAE team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, unveiled the car they will be using to compete at Michigan International Speedway later this year.

The vehicle, RM24, was completely designed and built by student team members. Team Leader Ryder Winans said they used advanced CAD and simulation software to design the more than 1,000 components of the car. He said that more than 90 percent of the parts were then manufactured and assembled by students at Rensselaer.

When the car is raced in May, the team will be competing against more than 120 teams from across the globe. Winans said that the vehicle will be evaluated on a number of factors including cost, marketability, and thoroughness of design. It will be tested in several events on the track to assess things like the vehicle’s acceleration, and its endurance.

In last year’s competition, Rensselaer Motorsport finished 23rd overall out of 114.