The Huskie Formula Racing car is built by hand from the ground up (photo via the Huskie Formula Racing Facebook site).

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A team of University of Saskatchewan racing enthusiasts is relishing a stellar performance at a recent competition in the U.S.

The Huskie Formula Racing team is comprised of students across various disciplines working to conceive, design and fabricate an open-wheeled formula-style race car to compete in the Formula SAE (FSAE) student design competition. The team competed at a Formula SAE event in Lincoln, Neb. last month and nabbed second place in their sales presentation. 

“We’re competing at the top level of the world for our kind of competition,” team member Mitchel Knaus told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. “There was a hundred gas combustion teams at Lincoln—the top hundred in the world—and we were one of them, so that’s pretty exciting."

Each year, teams from schools around the world gather to compete in the competition, governed by the Society of Automotive Engineers International. In North America, the events are held annually in Lincoln as well as in Brooklyn, Mich. In the competition, students assume a manufacturing firm has hired them to produce a prototype race car intended for the nonprofessional, weekend racer. The car must be low in cost, easy to maintain, reliable and have very high performance. The projects are evaluated based on concept, design, cost, acceleration, handling, fuel economy and track endurance. The competition gives students experience in a meaningful engineering project to supplement the theoretical training they receive in the classroom. 

See more at the StarPhoenix or check out the Huskie Formula Racing website

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