Binghamton University students to unveil and drive three hand-built cars

BINGHAMTON, NY — Three cars built from scratch by Binghamton University student-engineers will be unveiled at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Binghamton University’s Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC), 85 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal.

Cars will be driven by student-drivers in the ITC parking lot at 3 p.m. to show off what each can do. Each of the build teams and advisors will be on hand to answer questions.

Each car—a formula-style electric racer, a super-efficient gas mileage car and a rugged off-roader—was built by Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science student teams and will face off against other collegiate creations in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series this summer.

At the time of the unveiling, the formula-style car will have competed against cars from Princeton, the University of Michigan and elsewhere at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on May 1-3. In 2016, it won its division in that competition.

The supermileage and off-road cars are set to compete nationally later this summer.

The reveal will be part of the Watson School’s Capstone Projects Expo that begins at 1 p.m. where mechanical, electrical and computer engineering students will display their senior design projects.

Funding for each car project varies, but, in general, support comes from the Watson School; corporate sponsorships for senior design projects; and donations of equipment, time, and money from local companies, parents and friends.

Contact Mechanical Engineering Lecturer David Pavlick at for more information.

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