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Rensselaer Motorsport Shines Bright

Rensselaer Motorsport is a team of volunteer students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York that spends nine months each year designing, manufacturing, and testing a small open-wheeled race car. We are proud to be part of the team.

The team competes in the Formula SAE competition run by the Society of Automotive Engineers and attends the annual FSAE Michigan competition held in early May. Featuring teams from schools around the globe, Formula SAE is the world’s largest intercollegiate design competition. The competition consists of five dynamic events: acceleration, skidpad, autocross, efficiency, and a brief endurance race, and three static events: design, business, and cost/budgeting.

This year marks the team’s 25th anniversary and the building of its 22nd car. The RM22 is based on a completely custom designed and built chromoly steel chassis and double wishbone suspension. Power comes from a Honda CBR600RR engine with a rules-required 19mm intake restrictor. All aerodynamics elements and bodywork are developed by students, and most are produced in-house. Each year more than 90 percent of all components are redesigned or updated and a large majority of the car is made from student-designed parts. RM22 weighs 435 pounds without a driver and the engine produces 65 horsepower.

The car is built for speed but to keep it standing tall and looking good the team turned to Griot’s Garage. “To make our cars look their best the team uses the Griot’s “Best of Show” System to polish all of our bodywork. We use Griot’s Iron & Fallout Remover to keep our many aluminum parts as beautiful as the day they came off the mill. Before each show the car is cleaned using Speed Shine and Spray-On Wax to give the car a beautiful gloss.”

To learn more about the team and follow along with the build, “like” the team on Facebook at facebook.com/rpifsae, or visit their website at formularpi.org.

Have fun in your garage!

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