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9th place at Formula SAE California
June 24, 2010, 3:33 pm
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Results are here: http://www.sae.org/students/fsaew2010results.pdf

Congratulations to winners RIT!

Winner Overall FSAE Michigan 2010!
May 25, 2010, 6:04 pm
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Winner overall is … Global Formula Racing!

Thanks guys for this big team effort!!!

More updates and of course pictures are going to follow!!!

For the moment: Just celebrate that!

Top 3 results:

* GFR 907,8
* Michigan 854,3
* Graz 843,4

Endurance finished!
May 25, 2010, 6:03 pm
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We finished endurance succesfully with very competitive lap times!

I could rewrite that, or I just can leave that as it its. That’s the live annotations for the endurance from our famous commentator: Thanks, Belinda!

“So, here we are, one hour to race time, and we are in the design finals with TU Graz and Ecole de Technologie Superieur later this afternoon. The car is beautiful and seems to be running well. Of course, anything can happen in racing…as the moment that our muffler flew off at Hockenheim Ring last August.

1:00 p.m. Fifteen minutes to the second half of the endurance race. The order of the first five cars is GFR (yay, cheer, crowd goes wild), TU Graz, ETS, Uni Stuttgart, and U Maryland. They will then run through the top 30 cars, and then go to the last 30 cars; the middle cars ran first thing in the morning.

1:15 p.m. GFR is on the course. Matthias is driving and he looks great. First lap out of the box is 44.470, four seconds off the fastest time of the morning. He gets a lap to himself before they put Graz on the track. Their first lap is 46.3. ETS is on the track, the three teams in the design finals are on the track. Lap times: 45.5 for Graz, 45.something for ETS and 43.603 for Matthias. Stuttgart is on the track. Now Maryland is on the track with a big wing. Wind is up and down, tough conditions to race for the winged cars.

Stuttgart’s time is 43.792, less than a tenth of a second off of our fast time. Maryland at 44.519. Stuttgart’s lap time of 43.470 is the new quick time. ETS just got pulled over for Stuttgart to go by, and Matthias just flew by again. Matthias just hit 42. 5 seconds. He is absolutely flying!!
U of Michigan just joined on the track. It’s almost time for our driver change. Matthias just lapped ETS before the driver change. He drove like a dream.
Stuttgart, Graz and ETS are all in for the driver change.
Bill’s on the track. Bill’s time on first lap is 44.070. Michigan is at 44. 583. Stuttgart at 45.5911. Bill is really flying (quoting the announcer). Bill is on the 7th lap. Graz has 45.5. Missouri Science & Tech is now on thee course—7 cars are on the course! U. Mich is 1 lap from their driver change. Bill just took another lap in the low 44s. Bill and Matthias are generally getting the fastest times of the cars on the track. MUS&T just pulled 43.820. They have a wing, and their car looks fast.

Stuttgart just lapped Graz; we’re 3 laps from the end for GFR.
Maryland just got 42.966.
GFR is on lap 13, we’re all on pins and needles.
Bill just finished, we’re through the endurance race, and we have the fastest time in any lap. Wow, the team is so thrilled, we have our GFR chant down solid, and it’s so exciting. Stuttgart is at 43.4 and MD is at 43.0. Will anybody pass our time?
Stuttgart is on their 13th lap; Graz is done. Oh no, Stuttgart just pulled off the track, less than ¾ from the end of their race. Missouri US&T got pulled off for instability of their wing. As I’ve written here before, anything happens in racing, and this endurance race kills some of the best cars.

Stuttgart’s chain broke, just like in Hockenheim 2 years ago. ETS didn’t come back out after the driver change because they couldn’t restart their cars. Anyone who thinks winning a Formula competition is easy just have never been here to see the top cars fail to complete endurance.”

3:20 p.m. The team is in the white GFR shirts (white for design, black for competition) and in the design finals along with Graz and ETS. They are loosening up, dancing around the pits and hoping that we have a chance to win. The awards ceremony at 8 will tell the story.

Formula SAE Michigan 2010: Day 3
May 25, 2010, 6:02 pm
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After average results in skidpad and acceleration, the orange GFR car finished 2nd in autocross, with a very small margin on first place!

The skidpad and acceleration runs on Friday morning delivered only average results, placing GFR on a 14th place in skidpad and 31th in acceleration. The acceleration run was slowed down by an overly aggressive traction control, which was tuned on a lower quality track.

But in the afternoon, the GFR 10 and its drivers showed the competitiveness of our entry! Bill already set some solid and safe laps, which already were good for Top 10 times. Then Matthias managed to set two very quick laps, with its second lap being only 0.22 s of the Stuttgart time.

This promises a very interesting endurance event on Saturday!

The results in detail:

* Skidpad: 14th place with a time of 5.291s and 33.90 points (of 50)
* Acceleration: 31th place with a time of 4.306 and 49.43 points (of 75)
* Autocross: 2nd place with a time of 63.720s and 147.54 points (of 150)

At the award ceremony in the evening, besides the Business Presentation award we also received two awards for our body design and for our innovative global collaboration.

Tomorrow we will drive the endurance with both the Top 3 teams in design and the Top 3 autocross finishers on track. We should be on track at around 1pm local time (11am

Pacific time and 7pm CET). Right now first calculations show that a Top 5 result for us is possible, if everything continues to run smoothly. So cheer for our team.

More details and pictures will follow soon!

Go GFR go!

Formula SAE Michigan: Day 2
May 14, 2010, 8:29 am
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Our second day in Michigan is complete!

We started bright and early, arriving at the track at 7:30 am. Unfortunately the weather didn’t agree with us as rain was on and off all morning. This did nothing to damp our spirits though, as we headed to the design event at 8:30. We spent our alloted 45 minutes talking about both the design of the car and the workings of the only international Formula SAE/Formula Student team. In our design group (all talking to the same judges at different times throughout the day) were also the very competitive teams from the University of Stuttgart (with their 2009 car which has already won Formula Student UK, Formula Student Germany and Formula SAE Italy) and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Because only one team would be able to advance, it would be tough to advance.

Immediately after design we went to get fuel and onto the tilt table, part of tech inspection where we ensure the car will not roll in a 1.7 g cornering situation. With no problems on the tilt table, we headed to the noise test and presentation events. Both went well, and we headed to the brake test.

The day couldn’t be had without any frustration, so we saw our first problems in the brake test. Even with full brake bias to the rear, we couldn’t get the single rear brake to lock. Our driver had both feet on the brake pedal, and managed only to crack the rear caliper. We rolled back to the pits and swapped caliper and rotor.

With that we went to the cost event. The overall response of the judges was very positive and we feel we can do fairly well. After cost we headed back to the brake test and passed on the first attempt.

From there it was just playing the waiting game. We were finished with tech, finished with the first round of static events and ready to start dynamics in the morning. We waited / slept / chatted in the pits until 6:00 when the design finalists were announced.

We made it! We had only 30 minutes to get everything prepared and over to the design event. We got everything over in time and once we got our design bay, we talked to a variety of judges for 3 hours. With lots of positive feedback from the judges, we are excited to see the results!

More pictures and updates coming tonight.

Packing up for Michigan 2010
May 9, 2010, 8:58 am
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The time has come! After an intense week of final shakedown and testing of GFR10 chassis 2 (The orange car) we are packing the trailer for the last time to head to the 2010 FSAE Michigan competition. With 120 teams from around the world attending, the event promises to be very competitive.

Wednesday is the first day of the competition, with teams getting the cars through technical inspection.

Thursday is the busiest of the competition, with the Presentation, Cost and Design events taking place.

Friday is the first day of dynamic events, with Acceleration, Skidpad and Autocross on track.

Saturday is the final deciding day of the event. The endurance event (40% of competition points) and the final round of Design take place.

Follow us here and on our website: http://www.global-formula-racing.com/en/home for news updates and pictures from the competition. Stay tuned and cheer on Formula Student’s only Global Formula Racing team!


GFR10 rollout
April 30, 2010, 1:37 am
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After many long nights of hard work, we finally unveil the GFR10 cars! On Tuesday, the American side rolled out GFR10 Chassis 2, which will be attending FSAE Michigan and FSAE California. Two days later, we unveiled GFR10 Chassis 1, which will be attending FS Silverstone, FS Germany, FS Austria and FSAE Italy.

Chassis 2, Oregon State University car

Chassis 1, DHBW Ravensburg car

See you all in Michigan!

Global Formula Racing on German TV
February 20, 2010, 3:07 am
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Global Formula Racing members at the DHBW organized a TV segment with the local television station:
Tobi on German TV

You might need to brush up on your German to understand it though.


Oregon State University and Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg Announce Global Formula Racing Collaboration
February 14, 2010, 10:45 pm
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Followers of the Formula SAE and Formula Student series will witness a groundbreaking event in the 2010 racing season. The BA Racing Team from the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg-Ravensburg (DHBW-R), Germany, and the Beaver Racing Team from Oregon State University (OSU) have combined forces this year with the goal of competing as a single international entity.
This innovative global collaboration is the first of its kind in the history of both the US-based Formula SAE and EU-based Formula Student programs and is the result of three years of discussions and planning between team members and faculty from both universities. Previously, DHBW-R and OSU students have collaborated on designing certain aspects of one another’s vehicles. This year the collaboration has moved to whole new level: The two universities have designed an entire car together and are entering the US and EU competitions as one and the same team: Global Formula Racing (GFR).

During a series of meetings held in Germany in August 2009, GFR team leaders decided on the overall concept for the 2010 car: an ultra-lightweight vehicle with a full monocoque chassis and single cylinder engine. This concept has been realized over the last several months through trans-Atlantic collaborations on virtually all subsystem design tasks:
• A team of students from both universities designed the suspension.
• The CFRP (carbon fiber) monocoque chassis was designed and analyzed by DHBW-R students while OSU students concurrently developed the CFRP manufacturing processes and designed the chassis interfaces.
• Engine development was also split between the universities, with engine simulation studies done at DHBW-R and physical validation of those simulations at OSU.
• DHBW-R students did electronics design.
In any team design project, frequent communication between members is a critical ingredient of project success. Because GFR team members are based at two different sites, this communication must be conducted virtually—and the fact that these sites are nine time zones apart has presented unique logistical challenges. Project meetings occur frequently and are held at all hours of the day and night. Communication tools include a variety of virtual teaming technologies, including Skype, Google Documents, Catia V5 and Teamcenter Engineering.

The collaboratively developed GFR design is being used to manufacture two identical cars—one at the OSU campus in Corvallis, Oregon, USA, and the other at the DHBW-R campus in Friedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Effective supply chain management is a significant challenge in this effort, the biggest concern being where to purchase and manufacture vehicle parts. For each manufactured part, the team has had to decide whether to (1) manufacture two parts in Germany and ship one to the US; (2) manufacture two parts in the US and ship one to Germany; or (3) manufacture one part in each location. Off-the-shelf purchases require similar decisions. In a trans-Atlantic design collaboration, manufacturing capabilities, shipping costs, taxes and tariffs, and lead times must all be considered.

Clearly, managing such a venture is a not simple task, and GFR has developed a unique project management structure to deal with its globally distributed design, manufacturing and supply chain management issues. Upper management consists of a steering committee comprising graduate student advisors and faculty members from each university. This committee is responsible for high-level decisions regarding team structure and management. Undergraduate student leaders at both locations manage design, manufacturing logistics, communication channels and daily team operations and advise team members. Sub-teams of students from both schools handle detailed design and manufacturing responsibilities.

The Global Formula Racing team is currently registered for five 2010 competitions: Formula SAE Michigan, Formula SAE California, Formula Student UK, Formula Student Germany and Formula Student Italy. Students from both universities will participate in each of these events. They will use the vehicle assembled at OSU for the US competitions and the one assembled at DHBW-R for the European competitions.

GFR 2010
DHBW-R and OSU students are working effectively to design and build an excellent vehicle. By combining knowledge, experience, and resources of two top-10 teams from 2009, the Global Formula Racing team expects to be very competitive in the 2010 international events. GFR team members and supporters are excited to see what this season will bring. We look forward to seeing you on the track!


Lower Mold layup
February 5, 2010, 4:32 pm
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