Carnegie Mellon Racing: Student Built Electric Race Car

$3,555
Raised of $7,500 Goal
48%
Ended on 11/29/13
Campaign Ended
  • $3,555
    pledged
  • 48%
    funded
  • Finished
    on 11/29/13

About This Project

Carnegie Mellon Racing is the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University. We provide a unique opportunity to learn and apply skills beyond the scope of the classroom as we design and fabricate an electric racing vehicle to compete in the international Formula SAE Electric competition.
Currently we are in development of an electric powertrain that promises to achieve the highest level of vehicle performance available through comprehensive control algorithms and splitting-edge electronics technology like torque vectoring and regenerative braking. With our team’s conversion to the electric car competition, the capital cost of certain components, like the motors, motor controllers, and batteries has greatly increased without the opportunity of equipment donation. To achieve the highest level of performance and to continue advancing the field of automotive electronics, these components must be purchased at a high cost.

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What is the context of this research?

Our goal is to engineer the fastest and most efficient, fully electric race car that will win the 2014 international Formula SAE Electric competition.

We aim to finish design by October and begin wiring in January for an accelerated production schedule that will give us the most testing time and the safest vehicle possible. All this will be in addition to building upon our electrical system design knowledge, and furthering the field of electronic vehicles.

What is the significance of this project?

Carnegie Mellon Racing is joining the push for a greener and healthier environment. Our team understands the benefits electric vehicles possess over traditional combustion engines and are excited to undertake the challenges of designing and fabricating an electric open wheeled racing vehicle. As electric vehicles are becoming a more common and fashionable choice as a consumer car, the research we do this year will not only help us pursue our efforts to build a winning vehicle, but has the potential to carry on into commercial applications and improve the automotive industry.

What are the goals of the project?

Although we have nearly completed the electrical system design, purchasing the primary components remains CMR's largest obstacle. The funding we obtain will be used directly towards the purchase of our electric powertrain capital equipment, including two electric motors, two motor controllers, and our LiFePO4 batteries.

This will allow us to continue developing our production quality integrated system, along with our software differential and torque vectoring. With the proper equipment, we can achieve superior vehicle performance and elevate the electric vehicle industry.

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Although the generous support and in-kind donations from our sponsors has allowed major mechanical systems like the chassis and suspension development to proceed, we still do not have sufficient funding to purchase the essential electronic equipment to make our car a reality. An amount of $7,500 will allow us to acquire the necessary items and continue the project.

Meet the Team

David Keyser
David Keyser
Michael Spinelli
Michael Spinelli
Daniel Haddox
Daniel Haddox

Team Bio

I am a senior mechanical engineering major, and I joined the Carnegie Mellon Racing team two years ago. I first joined CMR as extracurricular outlet, but it has provided me along with many other students the hands-on engineering experience that enhances our education. I look forward to working on an environmentally friendly and progressive electrically-powered formula race car as Carnegie Mellon Racing looks to win the Formula SAE Electric competition this spring.

David Keyser

I am a senior mechanical engineering major, and I joined the Carnegie Mellon Racing team two years ago. I first joined CMR as extracurricular outlet, but it has provided me along with many other students the hands-on engineering experience that enhances our education. I look forward to working on an environmentally friendly and progressive electrically-powered formula race car as Carnegie Mellon Racing looks to win the Formula SAE Electric competition this spring.

Michael Spinelli

Carnegie Mellon Racing is an interdisciplinary team of students from all backgrounds, spanning Mechanical Engineering, Electrical engineering, Computer Science, Math, to Design, all of whom are committed to pushing the boundary of vehicle performance. Students on the team have the opportunity to apply their knowledge outside the classroom on a full-scale project that will directly impact the automotive industry. Team members must manage the entire design process of their system from initial concept, through designing, building, and testing the result, giving a complete experience not possible without the utmost dedication

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Additional Information

Please visit our website here: CarnegieMellonRacing.com, for more information about the team.


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