University of Calgary

University of Calgary

August 26, 2011 13:38 ET

University of Calgary Racing Team Revved Up to Host Student Race Car Competition

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2011) - From zero to 100 kilometres per hour in under four seconds. The University of Calgary's race car SR-13 will tear up the track as part of the 2011 Western Canadian Shootout this weekend. The U of C is hosting the competition, an annual event that features race cars designed and built by university students.

The University of Calgary's Schulich Racing team consists of 40 students, the majority from the Schulich School of Engineering. They designed the car using computational fluid dynamics to reduce drag and allow the car to take corners more aggressively. It is lighter than the previous cars because the team used a lighter frame and aluminum wheel assemblies instead of steel.

There are university-level racing teams throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. The goal is to challenge students to design and build single-seat, open-style racecars that demonstrate exceptional handling, acceleration and braking capabilities. The cars must be attractive, safe and reliable, which requires knowledge in virtually every area of engineering and product design.

WHAT 2011 Western Canadian Shootout
WHEN Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2011
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day (media interviews and races)
WHERE Calgary Kart Racing Club – Varsity Chrysler Speed Park
12740 – 68th Street SE
(southwest corner of Race City Motorsports Park)
INTERVIEWS Shawn Madro, Schulich Racing team manager

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