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May 16, 2000
MINI- INDY IS GEARED UP TO RUN LAPS AROUND THEIR
After a sleepless night, and a week full of late night and early morning work sessions, members of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s Hardrocker Racing Team departed Tuesday afternoon for the Formula SAE Competition in Pontiac, Michigan. The event begins Wednesday, May 17 and runs through Sunday, May 21st at the Pontiac Silverdome.
The purpose of the competition is to design a safe and functional miniature Formula- style racing car. Vehicles are judged in three categories: static inspection and engineering design, solo performance trails, and high- performance track endurance.
“ We should do pretty well at the competition this weekend,” said team member Jason Hornecker ( MS mechanical engineering, Lander, WY). “ We performed quite well this past Sunday at our first autocross of the season. I think for our first time out we performed better than we have at this stage in previous years.”
This will be SDSM& T’s fiftth year of entering a vehicle in the Mini- Indy competition. Restrictions are placed on the car frame and engine so the students’ knowledge, creativity, and imagination are tested. Four- cycle engines up to 610cc can be turbocharged or supercharged to add a new dimension to the challenge of engine design.
The focus of the Mini- Indy is not simply on who can build the fastest car but rather on the use of engineering skills, financial know- how, and creativity. The competition’s primary objectives are to provide students with a meaningful project experience in their engineering program, to prepare engineers for the auto industry, and to bring new ideas on safety, economy and performance into automobiles.
The Mini- Indy is a major project stemming out of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing and Production ( CAMP) at the School of Mines. The program prepares students for the realities of today’s competitive workplace. CAMP utilizes the skills of Tech students who conduct interdisciplinary research and form enterprise teams. Oftentimes, these teams help private companies solve design and manufacturing challenges. At other times, as in the case of the Mini- Indy, the teams compete nationally with other tech- heavy colleges.
For the first time the Mini- Indy was constructed with the assistance from students from Western Dakota Technical Institute, a few of whom will be traveling to Pontiac for
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the competition. Tech students designed the frame to be manufactured out of aluminum, and have consulted with students and faculty at WDTI to learn about manufacturing problems. The industrial maching students made the individual tubes for the frame and the students in the welding program welded the tubes together into the complete frame.
Use of aluminum allows the construction of a lighter frame than the Formula SAE vehicle has ever had before. It also gives the students a chance to work with a different material and learn about its behavior in such a system. The auto industry is using more and more aluminum, so students at both institutions must learn how to engineer with it.
The SDSM& T Formula SAE Mini- Indy vehicle is sponsored by RPM, Tri- State Tire, Exhaust Pros, Dr. Glen Stone, Scott Lyons, Kotagraphics, Sam’s Chasis, Budget Signs, Chad Magstadt, Whisler Bearing, Wayne Baumberger, Short Construction, Fox Racing Shocks, and Rice Honda.
This year’s Mini- Indy team members who are traveling to Pontiac including their majors and hometowns are: Ben Short, mechanical engineering, Sturgis; Kim Lucero, industrial engineering/ interdisciplinary studies, Rapid City; Edvin Kvalvik, mechanical engineering, Norway; Travis Ernst, mechanical engineering, Rapid City; Seth Elkins, mechanical engineering, Taylor, ND; Marcus Leggate, mechanical engineering, Dickinson, ND; Eric Swanson, metallurgical engineering, Gillette, WY; Jason Hornecker, MS mechanical engineering, Lander, WY; Jared Holzwarth, mechanical engineering, Grand Prairie, TX; Chenoa Jensen, MS mechanical engineering, Piedmont; Jake Anderson, mechanical engineering, Buffalo, WY; Roy Reiss, mechanical engineering, Java; Adam McMahon, mechanical engineering, Pierre; Forrest Foster, mechanical engineering, Oral; Todd Jacobs, mechanical engineering, Rapid City; Amber Schmidt, engineering, Aberdeen; Ben Rhode, mechanical engineering, Yankton; and Austin Falkingham, mechanical engineering, Browns Valley, MN. Jared Schilling from Western Dakota Technical Institute will also attend the competition. Dan Dolan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the faculty advisor
Look for results from the weekend competition on Monday, May 22nd!
Photo caption: Members of the SDSM& T Formula SAE Mini- Indy Team display their car on campus. Team members pictured L to R: Edvin Kvalvik, Travis Ernst, Seth Elkins, Jared Holzworth, Jared Schilling, Kim Lucero, Marcus Leggate, and in the driver’s seat, team leader Ben Short.
Photo caption: Jared Schilling from Western Dakota Technical Institute ( left), and Marcus Leggate from SD Tech ( right) put finishing touches on the Mini- Indy before departing for the Formula SAE competition in Pontiac, Michigan.
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