Crimson Racing Prepares for Upcoming Formula SAE Competitions

By Sarah Chase

Four members of the Crimson Racing team pose with their formula car at CAMX.

Members of the Crimson Racing team pose with their formula car at CAMX.

Crimson Racing is gearing up to participate in its next set of competitive endeavors. The team will attend the Formula South Invitational in Kennesaw, Georgia, this month and the Formula SAE Michigan from May 8-11 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

Since attending The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in November 2023, the team has worked diligently to advance and improve the car they presented at the event.

“We have been testing the car almost every weekend and putting the finishing touches on the car with a new dash, steering wheel, undertray and intake,” said Jack Orear, team manager of Crimson Racing and a senior majoring in aerospace engineering and computer science. “Each year, we design, build and drive an open-wheeled formula car. Everything including the frame, wiring harness, suspension, and a composites aerodynamic package, is designed and built completely by students.”

CAMX provided Crimson Racing with the opportunity to share the composites work they completed while building their Formula SAE car and to showcase the skills they developed as a result. Orear explained that their attendance was crucial to the team maintaining their high level of composites work.

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Crimson Racing sits down with the “Composites Weekly” podcast at the CAMX Expo.

“CAMX was an awesome experience. To be able to go to such a professional setting and display and speak about the car got us out of our comfort zone and made us better,” Orear said. “We were even able to speak about our experience with Crimson Racing on a podcast called ‘Composites Weekly.’ Preparing to go, present and market the team is something that helped us become better communicators.”

Sponsors of Crimson Racing have also been critical to the success of the team. According to Orear, they donate all of the materials that they work with.

“It allows us to give dozens of students experience working with composites each year,” Orear said. “Going to CAMX was also an opportunity to connect with many of our existing sponsors. It was a chance to show off the hard work we do and the skills we have built with the support of those sponsors.”

Visit the team’s website to learn more about Crimson Racing.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,200 students and more than 170 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Sarah Chase    /    Posted on: April 18, 2024    /    Posted in:   Mechanical Engineering, Students