Bearcat MotorSports, the University of Cincinnati (UC) Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Team, again finished strong, finishing in fourth place in the first race of the 2008 race season, continuing the team’s success from the 2007 race season.
The 2008 Formula SAE competition was won by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly Missouri-Rolla), the University of Illinois, the University of Cincinnati and then Drexel University.
This finish marks the third race in a row that the Bearcats have finished in fourth place. In two races last year, Bearcat MotorSports finished fourth at the Michigan FSAE competition in May 2007 and again placed fourth in the Formula Student competition held at the Silverstone Circuit in England in July 2007.
Bearcat MotorSports is the UC student group that participates in Formula SAE, a collegiate design competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and supported by all of the major automotive companies and suppliers. The students are involved in design, cost analysis and sales/marketing presentations, as well as static and driving competitions against more than 28 other collegiate teams over four days.
This competition was the inaugural event at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., for FSAE and was held in conjunction with the Bosch Engineering 250, a Grand Am Rolex Series Event. The competition involves the design, construction and testing of an open-wheel, Formula One-style racecar.
Bearcat MotorSports is partially supported by the University Funding Board, as one of several Academic Intercollegiate Competition (AIC) groups. Other funding comes from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the College of Engineering, the Herman Schneider Foundation, several large local industry partners (Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Toyota, General Electric, Cummins, Ethicon Endosurgery) as well as a large number of smaller industry partners (DieCraft Machining & Engineering, Performance Electronics, Morris Technologies, SSK Industries).
Notably, a UC alumnus, Randy Alexoff, president of Vari-Wall Tube Specialists, has assumed a role as a major sponsor for the team the past several years, providing a significant amount of funding that has allowed the team to be more competitive.
Bearcat MotorSports will be holding a “Meet the Team” Event at the Catskeller, Level 1 of the Tangeman University Center (TUC), on Thursday, May 8, from 3–7 p.m. where this year’s car will be on display.