UWO Formula SAE 2004
The UWO Formula SAE racing
team placed 86th out of 134 teams in the 2004 competition
held at the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit, Michigan that ran from
May 18th to May 23, 2004.
placement was not as high as the team hoped, but was very good
considering the turn of events.
This year’s car was a
complete redesign and a fresh new concept. The team was tired of
the same reiteration of the previous year’s cars and decided to make
a few key advancements.
The first major change was
adding a new Honda F4i engine and a new fuel management computer,
the DTA fast Pro. The chassis was completely redesigned and great
effort was spent on the overall fit and finish of the car. The team
also developed the suspension of the car to new levels with the
introduction of a semi-active suspension system which they hope to
incorporate fully on the 2005 car. The team also made great leaps
in the electrical department with their own data acquisition system
and advancements of traction control launch control and shift
Unfortunately, due to a hold
up at the border, some complications with noise restrictions and
some loose parts, the team did not place as high as anticipated.
Skid Pad Event – 0 points
(missed the event due to complications with the car). Acceleration Event – 0
points (missed the event due to complications with the car).
Autocross Event – 7.5 points
Presentation – 13th
Design - 21st
Cost Event - 70 out of 100
The Western Formula SAE team
is now looking forward to the 2005 car. They will be keeping a lot
of the same design as the 2004 car but will refine any area that had
issues through the summer testing. A top priority for the 2005 car
is the overall fit and finish. The team also plans to focus on
innovative solutions to common problems.
Congratulations to everyone
involved with the Formula SAE car. You should all be very proud of
your hard work and determination.