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What kind of partners will you need to make, support and distribute your solution?
We are looking for sponsors particularly in the manufacturing and automotive engineering sectors that are able to fabricate parts, donate materials, or advise us on engineering problems. As only college students, we have been able to solve many of our practical challenges ourselves, mainly the logistics behind actually manufacturing a race car on a shoestring budget. That said, we have a long ladder to climb before we can reach the same level as the more experienced teams in the competition, and we need your help to get there.
What will your expenses include?
Our expenses include competition registration costs and room and board at the event, the purchase of various parts, as well as raw material or manufacturing expenses such as aluminum or the tooling needed for the production of various components of the car. Additionally there are smaller expenses such as racing fuel and club operating costs such as t-shirts and events expenditures. Any material donations (e.g. carbon fiber or 6061 aluminum) will be used directly towards the manufacturing of final parts.
Who is your competition and how do you differ?
We compete against some 400 other universities from across the world such as MIT, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Cal Poly Pomona, and Texas-Austin. We differ in the fact that we are a fresh team with new ideas and we are not beholden to any reputation. As such we can take risks that older and more experienced teams cannot, and we aim to push the limits of the competition via the design of our car. Our team is a group of about 30 university students from many engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Persistence and an unrelenting commitment to each other is what propels us forward.