This is the first year we had the opportunity to sponsor University of Washington’s Formula SAE team. Though they didn’t get to compete in the traditional sense, SAE still held virtual competitions for its teams. Team members Michael, Owen, and Aziz share with us their experience using the titanium and how they expected the virtual competitions to go. Looking forward to seeing where this experience gets them for next year’s competition!
PTG was able to offer support to University of Nevada Las Vegas’s Baja team – Rebel Racing – by way of of a titanium donation. We provided the team with 6AL-4V titanium bar and plate, Grade 2 titanium sheet and plate, and 6AL-4V Eli bar. Tian Chen, the team’s Project Manager, gives us a detailed report on why the team chose titanium and their experience using it. We’re so proud of the accomplishments this fairly young team has made and can’t wait to see how their car does in the fall! [Read more…]
This is the first year we’ve been able to support Harding University’s Baja SAE team, Baja Bison. Zach Charette, Co-Captain of the team, gives some insight below as to why they chose titanium and any issues the team ran into. We wish them all the best as they go into the competition phase.
PTG: Tell me a bit about your team and your role on it. What kind of experience have you gained being a part of the Baja SAE program?
Zach: The Harding University Bison Baja team is a relatively young team, competing in its first competition in 2013. However, this team has grown tremendously throughout the 7 years of competing. This tight knit group of peers is willing to work hard and have fun while doing it. I was the 2019-2020 Co-Captain of the team and recently elected to be the 2020-2021 Captain. I was also in charge of the research and development and manufacturing side of our operation. During the 2018-2019 competition season, I was the brake system lead. Throughout my 3 years on the team, I have gained wonderful experience in problem solving and overcoming challenges. The Baja SAE program has provided me with industry insight that, otherwise, I would not have. I am grateful for the knowledge and friendships gained through this program.
We’ve had the privilege of working with Northwestern Baja Racing team for the second year in a row. They may not be racing this year but they gained some valuable experience machining our donated titanium before having to put their build on hold. JD Slattery is the new Project Manager for the team and he explains why they chose titanium again and some minor difficulties they ran into.
SAE competitions look a little different this year with the COVID19 pandemic. All in-person competitions were cancelled and some were moved to an online platform. With state restrictions and lock-downs, Universities across the country had to cancel classes and students were prevented from continuing work on their vehicles. However, before the lock-downs, some teams were able to start the machining and building process. Perry Cheney from Chico SAE Baja’s team, Wildcat Racing, explains the process of machining the titanium and how they were able to get valuable practice before working on and completing their own parts. [Read more…]