Car Teams: Current Activities

Hundreds of our undergraduates are involved in the campus’ multidisciplinary car teams, whose members are rooted in MechSE and The Grainger College of Engineering. Listed below are the current activities and events for each of the car teams for Spring and Summer 2020.

car teams at 2019 Engineering Open House

Illini Formula Electric: FSAE Electric
Aerodynamics and Composites Lead Ben Schultz: “We have worked really hard to get our manufacturing done efficiently this year so we are excited to get lots of testing and useful data this year. If we collect this data now it can help to improve our design of the car in the future.” Upcoming events:

  • Engineering Open House (March 27-28) 
  • FSAE California (June 17-20)

Illini Motorsports: FSAE
President Alex Kirr and Captain Stephen Bosch: “Last year we had one of our best competition seasons finishing 17th at FSAE Michigan and 23rd at FSAE Lincoln while making design finals at FSAE Lincoln for the second time in team history. This year we have the privilege of working with a very talented and dedicated team. We’re looking forward to improving on last year’s successes.” Upcoming events:

  • Engineering Open House/Unveiling (March 27-28) 
  • FCA Test and Tune (April 24-25) 
  • FSAE Michigan (May 6-9) 
  • FSAE California (June 17-20) 

The Offroad Illini: Baja SAE
Co-Captain Keira Frese: “From a vehicle standpoint. I’m excited to see our custom drivetrain work because it’s the first time we ever tried it. It really shows how much our team has grown. From a team perspective, I’m looking forward to seeing new members at competition. I remember that being some of the best times I had on Baja when I first joined and I’m hoping that new members will get to feel like that, too.”  Upcoming events:

  • Winter Baja (February 15)
  • Driving Car (February 29)
  • Mock Endurance with Rochester Institute of Technology (March 13)
  • Testing trip in Missouri (March 20) 
  • Engineering Open House (March 27-28) 
  • Baja SAE Arizona (April 16-19)
  • Baja SAE Louisville (May 14-17) 
  • Baja SAE Illinois (June 3-6) 

Eco Illini  
Captain and Aerodynamics Lead Joseph Grigus: “This year we are trying some new reinforcement techniques for our carbon fiber chassis. It’s the biggest change in materials we’ve made since we switched to carbon fiber monocoques in 2012, so we’re hoping to see a 10% weight reduction.” Upcoming events:

  • Shell Eco-Marathon - (April 1-4)
  • SAE Supermileage - Competition (June 6-7) 

Illini EV Concept
President and Mechanical Lead Robert Mauge: “This year we are designing and manufacturing carbon fiber rims ourselves. This essentially will be the capstone project for our learning process with carbon fiber, as it requires a lot of knowledge and specialized skill to create successfully.” Upcoming events:

  • Engineering Open House (March 27-28) 
  • Shell Eco-Marathon (April 1)

Solar Car
Co-Director of Engineer Lucy Zhang: “We’re going to be trying out a new kind of motor that will hopefully give us a greater efficiency over the long distances we will be traveling. In addition, our array team has acquired some of the best silicon solar cells on the market; every percentage of efficiency counts for solar car racing!” Upcoming events:

  • Engineering Open House (March 27-28) 
  • Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10)
  • American Solar Challenge (July 18)

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