MIT Team Races to Second in Electric Car Competition

Published in MIT News on June 30, 2017, by Camilla Brinkman, Edgerton Center

Strong performances across multiple categories boost MIT Motorsports electric vehicle team at SAE Collegiate Design Series event in Lincoln, Nebraska.

There comes a time in a team's life when it's impossible not to break into a grin. Which is what the MIT Motorsports team did when they snagged a Second Place Overall Spirit of Excellence Award at the Society of Automotive Engineers' Formula SAE Electric competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The team earned high finishes in four different categories at the June 24 event, which is part of the SAE Collegiate Design Series. They placed second in the category of Endurance, third in Autocross, third in Skid-Pad, and fifth in Acceleraton. In the Endurance category — which tests acceleration, speed, handling, dynamics, efficiency, and reliability over a 22-kilometer course — the MIT Motorsports team had the fastest lap at 83.7 seconds and overall finished just 17 seconds behind the winners, Penn Electric Racing from the University of Pennsylvania. 

“This has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, and I couldn’t be happier with the results,” team captain Luis Mora said in an email to current and past team members...

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