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Old 08-29-2009, 12:30 AM   #1
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So, here at Michigan Tech, we do this thing called enterprise instead of senior design if you are interested in that. They have Formula SAE where you build a mini formula car. Baja where you build a little baja car with a 10hp briggs and straton. Then there is an eco car, where GM donates a new Equinax and you have to get a lot of mileage out of it or build your own hybrid engine.
All these compete against other colleges. But there are a lot more that are just for research. Like Polaris might look at the suspension in the Baja, and so on. They are also sponsored usually.
My friend and I were thinking of trying to start one with drag racing... I think that would be fun. But we need a good reason, and a team. Finding the team would be easy, we have a year or two. Finding a good reason is tough though... Something with suspension maybe. And I know like Nitto sponsors a drag competition I think, so maybe we could get a tire company to sponsor us or something.

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Old 08-29-2009, 01:37 AM   #2
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I went to Ohio State this summer and they showed their Formula SAE, baja, eco car, and Buckeye bullet 1 and 2. They asked if I was interested in helping work on one of the projects even though I was I high school. I had to decline because of distance issues.
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Exploring new fuel technologies. Give that a shot.
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New fuel technologies? As in water/meth injection, haha. Even though dragsters already use that...

One idea recommended by Corral.net was Grassroots motorsports. Georgia Tech does this. You get $200x depending on the year to build any car you want to go fast in the 1/4 mile and performance as well. That sounds cool to me. Georgia tech built a Miata with a Lexus V8. Junkyard horsepower.
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I know they use meth injection, any alternative fuels. I'm sure you'd get sponsors for that.
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