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  • Magazine Article
  • 18MOMP09_03
Published 2018-09-01 by SAE International in United States
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  • English

A team from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia in Spain surprised the field by capturing third-place overall and first place in the Endurance event on a course that featured a hairpin turn.

FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, Universität Stuttgart finished first overall at Formula SAE Michigan. And for the fourth year in a row, Graz Technical University (Austria) finished in the top three (second in 2018). Rounding out the top 10 were, in order, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), Technical University of Munich, Ecole de technologie Superieure (Canada), University of Akron, Carleton University (Canada), University of Wisconsin-Madison, AGH University of Science and Technology (Germany), and University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

There were no major rule changes implemented for the 2018 competition and the weather cooperated for the most part at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, resulting in a largely level playing field for the 117 teams and 2,500 student competitors. The only significant new twists were the lengthening of the Endurance course and the addition of a hairpin turn (dubbed by students the “hairpin of death”) to it. The purpose of the lengthening was to be able to put more cars on the track at once, thus ensuring a timely completion of the event.