Posted by: Carl Blesch | April 22, 2011

Rutgers Race Car Goes From New York Auto Show to Rutgers Day

It may be half the size of its Indy car and Formula One racer cousins, but the Rutgers Formula race car will still be the noisiest and speediest exhibit that Rutgers Day guests can witness.

Umur Selek, Rutgers Formula Racing team president, shows the race car framework in March.

Each year, students on the Rutgers Formula Racing team build a motorcycle-engine-powered, open-cockpit, open-wheel race car that competes against other universities at events in Michigan and California.

For the past two years, Rutgers Day has marked the car’s debut to the public.  But this year it’s first going on display at the prestigious New York International Auto Show in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.  The car will be shown Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, in the Level 4 Galleria hall at the show. The team is also displaying its cars from 2005 and 2010 for the duration of the show, through May 1.

“We’re thrilled to be showing our car in such a high-profile event, where so many people will see it,” said Umur Selek, the team’s president.

RFR team with car at auto show

Rutgers Formula Racing team unveiled this year's car on Saturday, April 23 at New York auto show

Selek was quick to reassure Rutgers Day fans that the car will be back in time to roar around a race course in the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center parking lot on April 30.

The team, sponsored by the School of Engineering, is putting the finishing touches on its car today, after receiving the body panels back from the painter.

Following the Rutgers Day demos, the team is off to the first Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) collegiate racing competition in mid-May, at the Michigan International Speedway southwest of Ann Arbor. A month later, the team will compete at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.


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