SAE Formula Internal Combustion Vehicle
This year, in the 2018- 2019 season, Binghamton Motorsports will be designing, fabricating, and testing a ⅔ scale Formula Internal Combustion vehicle. This car will go on to compete in the 2019 SAE Formula Competition at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI USA in May of 2019. The vehicle also serves roles outside of SAE competitions. With showcase and autocross events throughout the year, the formula vehicle is used to inspire incoming students who are enthusiastic about the automotive field. Aside from inspiring, each iteration of the vehicle will act as a platform for students to learn and improve upon the design and performance of previous teams. In recent years, the organization has produced award-winning results. In 2016, Binghamton University placed first in the Formula Electric Competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, beating out other prestigious institutions such as RIT, Georgia Tech, Princeton and Boston University.
The car is comprised of four interdependent subsystems; Chassis, Powertrain, Suspension, and Electronics. The entire car is constructed to meet the technical specifications outlined by the Formula SAE competition rule book for each year. This means that the car is compliant with all the safety and design restrictions set forth in the rule book.
When planning to design a chassis, integral components such as rigidity, weight reduction and driver ergonomics are kept in mind. The chassis is designed using the CAD software Solidworks and analyzed using both structural simulation software and manual verifications to ensure proper construction and performance before being built. The chassis is completely made in-house by students.
The powertrain is an internal combustion power unit, limited by the rules to 710cc. To maximize the performance of the engine, things such as engine tuning and intake design must be taken into consideration. Components such as differential, intake and exhaust systems, and drivetrain are also designed by the students.
Suspension requires extensive research and design to create a system that maximizes
performance. The suspension team is tasked with creating a geometry that will improve
handling and driving characteristics from previous iterations. With an optimized
suspension system, the vehicle can operate at peak performance.
The electronics team not only deals with the required components on the car but also expands into driver information and data gathering. This includes things from output displays to tuning engine characteristics. The collected data gives the competitive edge as it allows us to continuously monitor performance and adjust to maintain peak performance on all fronts.