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2007 SAE Formula West Competition,
            California Speedway
               Fontana California.
                June 13-16, 2007


    A Few Photos of Montana State University's Bobcat Motor Sports Team experience.


                                                                                               Robb Larson
                                                                                               Assistant Professor, M&IE
                                                                                               MSU SAE Chapter Advisor

   

    Montana cowboy Chris Michelbacher (ME Sr.) trades helmet for hat while waiting in line for a go at the braking event.

   

MSU's Paddock: Representing the College and University!

   

    The Montana State Team is all ears during Design Competition judging.

   

    Bobcat Motorsports Car 54 on the 60 Tilt Table Safety Check - No Fuel Leaks!

     

    Design judge placing the Technical Inspection sticker on the car: MSU OK'd for dynamic competition events.

   

    MSU's Aaron Darnton (ME '07) , Ryan McCarthy (ME Sr.), Eric Galpin (ME Sr.) at the 2007 FSAE West Presentation Event. (8th Place Finish.)

   

    Patrick Reedy (ME Sr.) pilots MSU Car 54 in the Final Endurance Event. (17th Place Finish.)

   

    South Dakota's "Hardrocker Motorsports" entry

   

    University of Western Ontario Car.

   

    University of Missouri-Rolla: Ground-effects chassis and wings reflect CFD analysis and aero design.

           
    Engineering Innovation: Precision Detailing, two  Intake Plenum designs built with Rapid-Prototyping,
    Unique suspension linkage, Auburn's composite seat/tub, BYU's composite axles and on-board data acquisition computer

           

    Well-funded teams were the norm...Carnegie Mellon custom trailer & car, Western Ontario's trailer with custom graphics.

   

    Endurance Event: Isaac Henslee (ME Sr.) on-course in the Bobcat Motorsports car.

   

    Awards List: MSU received a certificate of achievement for being one of 18 teams (out of 81) that completed ALL events.
    MSU also won a Lincoln Electric welder, awarded to the "team who could use it most" (not sure that's a good thing - but we've got a welder!)

Place Car No. Team Cost Score Presentation Score Design Score Acceleration Score Skid Pad Score Autocross Score Endurance-Economy Score Total Score SAE Certificate of Achievement  
1 1 Texas A & M Univ - College Station  62 75.00 120 64.27 42.52 150.00 328.87 842.67    
2 79 Univ of Kansas - Lawrence  66 71.13 125 63.67 35.01 124.26 353.87 838.93    
3 6 Auburn Univ  81 58.24 145 69.77 31.15 92.45 320.11 797.72    
4 84 Purdue Univ - W Lafayette  84 64.35 100 70.57 48.65 114.37 310.77 792.71    
5 7 Univ of Toledo  74 61.58 80 56.26 44.54 100.43 355.75 772.56    
6 26 South Dakota Sch of Mines & Tech  70 68.07 120 53.23 38.58 129.98 284.32 764.18    
7 30 California State Univ - Northridge  72 56.60 100 72.57 50.00 128.70 278.63 758.49    
8 81 Univ of Illinois - Urbana Champaign  69 73.00 100 66.83 40.07 127.56 281.88 758.33    
9 66 Shibaura Institute of Technology  57 53.75 100 47.64 38.06 130.42 294.75 721.62    
10 78 Michigan State Univ  84 73.27 135 75.00 35.06 146.20 161.33 709.85    
11 83 California State Poly Univ - Pomona  89 70.11 100 59.00 32.03 104.25 221.29 675.69 YES  
12 82 Clemson Univ  75 52.92 120 63.07 22.18 61.62 223.20 617.98 YES  
13 39 Tokyo Denki Univ  87 48.75 80 40.77 40.17 104.79 162.50 563.97 YES  
14 8 Univ of Oklahoma  79 59.52 150 62.52 45.61 149.32 0.00 545.97    
15 15 Univ of Maryland - College Park  63 40.28 100 70.51 40.47 105.49 123.05 542.80 YES  
16 14 California State Univ - Sacramento  60 48.80 40 48.46 28.37 60.85 225.96 512.43 YES  
17 80 Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst  86 68.22 120 65.59 32.42 119.37 0.00 491.60    
18 56 Ohio State Univ  66 63.32 -20 0.00 0.00 118.63 257.50 485.46    
19 21 Instituto Tecnologico de Chihuahua  69 58.92 80 8.29 6.50 16.10 233.97 472.79 YES  
20 4 Univ of Washington  75 61.10 125 31.04 19.95 131.96 0.00 444.04    
21 49 Dartmouth College  71 62.27 120 58.00 28.95 89.88 0.00 430.10    
22 42 Brigham Young Univ  66 59.15 130 62.22 24.77 62.91 0.00 405.04    
23 9 Univ of Missouri - Rolla  64 72.29 100 50.33 4.75 111.26 0.00 402.62    
24 54 Montana State Univ - Bozeman  72 68.30 40 39.00 2.50 41.51 134.54 397.85 YES  
25 29 Chalmers Univ of Tech  50 66.27 70 73.28 41.38 95.94 0.00 396.88    
26 38 Kumoh National Institute of Technology  92 57.92 60 62.77 17.71 93.51 0.00 383.90    
27 44 Univ of Leeds  94 37.41 100 57.01 23.27 64.29 0.00 375.98    
28 11 Escola de Eng de Sao Carlos USP  79 71.09 100 48.98 28.79 43.31 0.00 371.16    
29 77 Lehigh Univ  82 63.89 100 40.65 21.75 56.25 0.00 364.53    
30 63 Tennessee Tech Univ  57 44.13 40 49.85 13.31 24.54 130.99 359.81 YES  
31 37 Carnegie Mellon Univ  74 40.67 100 54.69 16.18 68.06 0.00 353.60    
32 76 Univ of Western Ontario  76 49.86 100 58.33 39.96 29.13 0.00 353.28    
33 58 Univ of Ontario Institute of Tech  51 51.18 80 46.50 31.78 72.19 0.00 332.65    
34 41 Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze  82 58.78 100 3.50 24.30 50.57 0.00 319.15    
35 12 Faculdade de Engenharia de Sorocaba  77 51.97 40 46.79 19.06 75.66 0.00 310.49    
36 23 Univ of Alberta  66 49.24 80 61.48 17.88 30.44 0.00 305.03    
37 16 Univ of British Columbia  62 55.35 100 31.93 8.23 34.51 0.00 292.02    
38 61 Univ of Saskatchewan  54 35.46 80 42.53 2.50 52.03 0.00 266.52    
39 70 UNIP - Universidade Paulista  36 46.05 0 0.00 0.00 55.72 118.72 256.49    
40 60 Universite de Sherbrooke  72 43.91 40 0.00 0.00 84.53 0.00 240.45    
41 31 Washington State Univ  56 31.88 60 8.80 33.50 45.75 0.00 235.93    
42 28 Univ of Victoria  52 67.55 100 0.00 0.00 7.50 0.00 227.05    
43 18 Univ of Calgary  62 48.91 60 39.94 2.50 7.50 0.00 220.85    
44 72 Clarkson Univ  68 36.67 100 0.00 0.00 7.50 0.00 212.17    
45 47 Univ of Calif - Berkeley  43 59.54 0 40.85 3.80 61.38 0.00 208.57    
46 62 Univ of Calif - Irvine  44 45.27 40 12.57 2.50 51.39 0.00 195.73    
47 24 Pittsburg State University  65 40.90 80 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 185.90    
48 27 Wichita State Univ  54 37.62 40 40.73 4.54 7.50 0.00 184.39    
49 51 Universidad Iberoamericana  57 46.73 80 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 183.73    
50 73 Hunan Univ  66 57.76 40 3.50 2.50 7.50 0.00 177.26    

    The top 50 teams of 81 at this event... Note Montana State in 24th place overall, and the strong engineering programs whose company we keep!

   

    The 2007 Montana State University 'Bobcat Motorsports' Travel Team:
    Front, L-R : Eric Galpin - ME, Will Hubay-Dies - MET (in car), Aaron Darnton - ME, Chris Michelbacher - ME
    2nd Row: Isaac Henslee - ME, Kyle Roark - ME, Sam Mather - MET, Patrick Reedy - ME, Mike Kapus - ME
    Standing: Robb Larson - Faculty Advisor, Ryan McCarthy - ME