Four on-board computers fine-tune formula car The
This year’s car features Active Aero technology implemented last year to reduce drag and increase downforce, enhancing handling and efficiency. But student engineers have incorporated four on-board computers instead of the single computer used in 2013 to enable the car to respond more quickly and easily than before.
“The computers allow for a smoother, more efficient drive on the track,” Long said. “We’ve decreased the times on the track with the technology. We’re always looking for something that will allow us an edge.”
Each year, students design, manufacture and build small racecars from the ground up. Students from most engineering disciplines are involved but students from across campus have been on the team, including art, science and business majors. FSAE team membership is open to all UTA students. Team members use design tools on the computer, write software to control the car, physically assemble the car and use engineering principles to fine-tune the car’s operation.
UTA’s FSAE team was ranked fifth in the world earlier this year.
“They use what they learn in the classroom and in the garage to build these cars,” said
Woods, a UT
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