The rundown

Ravens Racing is a team of Carleton University students from all programs and engineering disciplines. Ravens Racing competes in the Formula SAE series against schools from around the world. Each year the students on the team are responsible for designing, building, testing, and competing with a formula-style racecar.

Ravens Racing competes in three major Formula SAE events located in Michigan, Nebraska, and Ontario. Hundreds of teams from around the globe show up at these events to take part in the competition. Competitions are scored based on an overall score from both static and dynamic events. In recent years, Ravens Racing has seen some of its best competition results in team history.
• Formula SAE Michigan 2016: 13th Place Overall out of 115 Teams
• Formula North 2017: 4th Place Overall out of 25 Teams
• Formula SAE Lincoln 2016: 22nd Place Overall out of 70 Teams

Ravens Racing also competes in two smaller events, called shootouts, in Pittsburgh and Toronto. Results at these events are based purely on lap times. The results from this year’s shootouts are as follows:
• University of Toronto Shootout 2017: 3rd Place out of 18 Teams
• Pittsburgh Shootout 2017: 1st Place out of 18 Teams

On top of full course loads, team members log upwards of 60 hours per week to ensure that the team puts together a car that is a serious contender at competitions. The team is often limited by a tight budget; the team is continually seeking out sponsorship and fundraising opportunities, but team members themselves are regularly required to make personal financial contributions into the team.

The approximate annual cost to design, build, test, and enter the car in competitions is some $60,000. All donations received through Future Funder will go directly to offset a range of expenses including the purchase of materials and components, competition fees, shipping, and travel.

Background

FSAE is one of the largest collegiate engineering competitions in the world. Since 1981 it has been challenging students to reach far beyond textbook learning and apply technical knowledge to a range of real-world fronts.

Ravens Racing has been part of the series for 18 years, and our original research and development touches all engineering disciplines, including: materials research, ergonomics, aerodynamics, industrial design, computer modeling, as well as design simulation.

Ravens Racing maintains a core strategy to design and build a race car that is lighter, more efficient, and gets around the racetrack faster than our competition. The team takes a minimalistic approach to component design consisting of simplicity, optimization, and the use of lightweight materials. This has allowed us to experience great success in competition with a more focused approach to race car design, allowing the team to be more effective and for the car to perform at its best.

Rollout

Ravens Racing is competing at a higher level than ever before. We are confident in achieving even better results this season, and are ready to take on the challenge of designing and building a new vehicle. With your support, Ravens Racing will be able to reach its full potential.

This year we are aiming to raise $15,500 dollars

We project that all donations would be distributed accordingly:
– Material and Components: 45%
– Competition costs (travel, etc.): 18%
– Testing: 12%
– Manufacturing: 25%

Donations to Ravens Racing will benefit the team in several different areas. The bulk of donations will go towards material and component cost. This will allow the team to use high quality, lightweight materials and components which will drive and optimize the component design resulting in a car that is lighter, stronger, and faster around the track. Furthermore, donations will be used to allow the team to have more time and more impactful testing of the car prior to competition through the purchase of additional tires and sensors. This will result in a car that the team is more in tune with, has fewer flaws, and is in top running condition prior to competition.

Impact

Donations received by the Ravens Racing have a significant impact across the entire team. Donations allow the team to make use of higher quality parts and materials. Donations will help reduce the financial limitations that the team experiences and will allow the team to continue to improve, and to remain competitive on the global stage.

Updates

We’ve reached our goal of $10 000!!!

28/11/2017

Thanks to the immense support and generosity of all our backers, we have already reached our goal of $10 000! From all of us here at Ravens Racing, we thank all of those who have donated and make this project a success!

But it’s not over yet! With this great success we have raised our goal from $10 000 to $15 500. This will allow us to further develop the car by purchasing sensors allowing us to perform critical car analysis and implementing additional light weight designs.

A big thank you to Carleton University for matching all the donations received today on Giving Tuesday and helped us to reach our goal.


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