Formula SAE® is an automobile design competition for engineering students organized by SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers). Competitions are held around the world every year but they were only able to travel to Michigan, California and Toronto. Engineers from Lawrence Technological University built a small formula style race car for the above mentioned Collegiate Design Series to compete against universities across the globe.
Lawrence Tech Undergraduate engineers built this car in ten months. The engineers said that they always trusted Starrett for precision hand tools. Aaron Hanson, LTU FSAE Chief Engineer said, “We used Starrett calipers, indicators and scales while designing this vehicle. We have to pay very close attention to detailed measuring and tolerances and trusted Starrett products to deliver accurate/consistent measurements. Whether it's building our chassis or testing prototype engine components, Starrett gives us the right tools to precisely measure our parts and provide accurate values. We've tried other calipers and micrometers but the variance is too large when compared to Starrett tools.”
Aaron and his team were declared winners for this competition and achieved outstanding performance standards. The engine used was 600cc 4-cylinder motorcycle engine. It generated 80 bhp, 1.5G of lateral acceleration and achieved 0-60 mph in 4s. The top speed was 130 mph with vehicle weight of 450 lbs. The engine used was 600cc 4-cylinder motorcycle engine.
About the L.S. Starrett Company
The L.S. Starrett Company was founded 1880 in Athol, MA, which is still the Company’s World Headquarters. Starrett has a history and reputation so rich and solid that the words “Quality” and “Starrett” are virtually synonymous. The company employs about 2,000 people worldwide. Most precision tools continue to be manufactured in the Athol plant, where it is not uncommon to see devoted generations of toolmakers with 30 or more years of experience.
Aaron and his team achieved following performance standards: 80 bhp, 1.5 G of lateral acceleration and achieved 0-60 mph in 4s, top speed was 130 mph. Total vehicle weight is 450 lbs. and the engine used was 600cc 4-cylinder motorcycle engine.