Volume 96, Issue 3

Thursday, June 6, 2002
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Western engineers hit the finish line in Michigan

By Christina McKenzie
Gazette Staff

Western engineers showcased the race car that led their team to a best-ever performance at this year's Formula SAE competition in Michigan.

A demonstration of the prototype race car – designed and built by the Western engineering Formula SAE team – was held last Saturday in the parking lot of J. W. Little Stadium.

The annual competition is organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers and is open to engineering schools from around the world. Western has been competing since 1996 and was one of over 130 international teams to compete during the May 18 long weekend.

This year's Formula SAE team was ranked eighth internationally, giving them the top Canadian finish.

"Everything went off without a hitch. [The team] did the best they could to bullet proof their systems," said Marshall McLean, the summer manager for the 2002 Western FSAE racing team, noting the importance of the help from Western alumni and sponsors, such as Ford Motor Company, whose donations of finances and parts made the project possible.

Team leader and technical coordinator Kurt Gyger has helped build four cars with the Western racing teams. "We have grown leaps and bounds and did what hasn't been done in five years," Gyger said.

Ron Lapos, the break system team leader, and Evan Hurry, leader of engine development, are Western engineering graduates who have helped the race car evolve into its present structure.

"We have seen engines blow up and wheels fly off," Hurry said, describing the failures that occur over the course of construction and at the competition.

"Although school stops for the summer, the car doesn't if you want to progress," Lapos said, adding it took three years to complete the project.

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