Seattle is a long way from Detroit, but the West Coast team claimed a key win in last weekend’s student race car competition.
The University of Washington Formula Motorsports team took first place at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition held June 19-22 in Lincoln, Neb. It’s one of the largest U.S. competitions that challenges engineering students to design and build a small race car fit for an amateur driver.
The UW student-built car – decked out in Husky purple, gold and white – placed high in several categories and clinched the overall win among a field of nearly 80 national and international teams. The overall win is a first for the student-run UW team, now in its 24th year.
“We were quite excited about the win,” said Daniel Wageman, technical director for the UW team and a graduate student in mechanical engineering. This is Wageman’s sixth year building a car and competing. “This year’s team was really strong and hardworking.”
The national competition this year included a first-ever electric car category. The UW team placed second overall out of 20 registered teams in the electric-powered division. A Brazilian university, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, won the competition.
Photo: Bradley Freeman, UW