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OSU Formula race team sets new record

Fri, September 14, 2012


OSU CNG racer takes checkered flag for new record Monday morning.


OSU Formula race team sets new record

 The OKstate Racing team set a new 24-hour mileage and endurance record at the Hallett Racing Circuit again this year, completing 428 laps by Monday morning, or 100 more laps (180 miles more) than the record that was set last year.

“Our improved tuning put more power to our suspension. We fought suspension failures all 24 hours, but we persevered. What a team!” said Jim Beckstrom, OKstate Racing team adviser, who is also thanking all those who supported the program this year.

The team went a total of 770 miles in the 24-hour period starting Sunday morning at the track, located between Stillwater and Tulsa. This second year of record-breaking collegiate racing is an ongoing effort by the OSU team to prove that CNG is a practical. high-performance transportation fuel that should be accepted in international Formula SAE competitions. Just last year, the car became the first of its type ever converted to run on natural gas to go 24-hours.

Open to all majors, OKstate Racing is a student club that builds a formula race car from the ground up each year and takes it to international competition. The club’s CNG program is the only one of its kind in the world, and is an extension of its already rigorous competitive program. It is a Society of Automotive Engineers organization sponsored by the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU.