The GTMotorsports team has taken the "Overall Winner" prize at the Formula Student competition held this past week in Birmingham, England. The competition, for which the students must design, build, defend and race an open-wheel formula race car,...
The GTMotorsports team has taken the "Overall Winner" prize at the Formula Student competition held this past week in Birmingham, England. The competition, for which the students must design, build, defend and race an open-wheel formula race car, pitted 25 university teams against each other, with 6 of them from the United States, one from Canada, one each from Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Ireland, and the balance from the United Kingdom. Of all teams present, GTMotorsports accumulated the most points, taking home the penultimate prize.
The competition features a number of individual events, with the combined score from them used to determine the overall winner. In what are called the static events, GTMotorsports placed 6th in Presentation, 3rd in Cost, and 1st in Design. In the dynamic events, GTMotorsports placed 2nd in skid pad and autocross, and 4th in acceleration and the combined endurance and fuel economy event. In the dynamic events, mere tenths of seconds separated the top performing teams. As GTMotorsports had the most consistent high-placing performance across both static and dynamic events, it accumulated the most points (912 out of a possible 1000) to claim the crown. Second place was taken by Ecole Technologie Superior, of Montreal Quebec, trailing by just 14 points. The 1st place design finish yielded its own award, and the team also received an award for the best wiring harness design.
Unlike past competitions both in the U.S. and in the U.K., where one team clearly dominates the events, it was uncertain to the very end who would take the 'Overall Winner" crown. Strong teams from Ecole Technologie Superior, Leeds, Penn State, Rochester and Pitt led to a nail-biting finish, with no one knowing who had taken the prize until the announcement was actually made at the awards banquet. As you might imagine, the team was (and still is) rather excited by their performance and the results of their efforts.
GTMotorsports was founded in the mid 80's by Paul Allen. Many, many students have participated in GTMotorsports over the past years. These past and the current students thank all of those who have helped and supported the team over the years: the effort has paid off. The team extends a special thank you to those who made it possible to travel 'across the pond' and gave them the opportunity to compete for, and bring home, this prize.
GTMotorsports team members who participated at the the Formula Student competition were Chris Richburg (team leader), Brandon Taylor, Ira Bragg, Heidi Alexa, Geoff Toon, Shamus Yandle, Mark Gibbs, Scott Flanagan, Allan Teague, JP McConnell, Philip Echelman, and Alper Akanser. Many other team members helped build the car, and prepare for the competition, and the win at Formula Student belongs to them, as well.