Carnegie Mellon Racing 2020
We are Carnegie Mellon Racing (CMR), Carnegie Mellon University's chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). We are a group of 100+ hardworking students across all disciplines, primarily mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, who are passionate about building race cars. More information about Carnegie Mellon Racing can be found at our website, here:
We have been building cars for the past 33 years and this season marks our seventh electric car, named 20e. Every year at the start of our academic semester, we hit the ground running with our design schedule. We build an electric race car completely from scratch, and compete in the international engineering design competition, Formula SAE Electric. Information about the competition can be found below:
Most of our members credit being a part of CMR to helping them succeed in their class projects, and in their careers.
Three years ago, 17e was our first electric car to even be completed before competition. The next year, 18e was our first car that placed first overall at both Formula North and Formula SAE Electric, making us the North American champions. Last year, 19e continued the legacy with another win at Formula SAE North and superb performance (including the fastest endurance lap time) at Formula SAE Electric.
SAE increased the maximum pack voltage to 600V, allowing teams to push their cars harder and utilize higher performance motors. Coming off of our previous success, we are prepared for an aggressive redesign of our vehicle, 20e. One of these changes involves a voltage increase of our accumulator, or battery pack, from 400V to 600V. Such a dramatic change requires extensive architectural redesign and testing to make sure the vehicle functions safely and consistently. Money raised in this fundraiser will provide us the resources we need to complete our new battery pack as well as our preparation for hub motors.
We need your help in improving our accumulator system. With your help, we will be able to fully implement our new design, which will then power our powertrain system and boost vehicle performance. These advancements will also help members of the team evolve in their knowledge and understanding of more complex systems, something that can't be taught in class. Your money will directly go towards this design and manufacturing, and will ensure that our car remains a competitive opponent.
Thank you! Any donation in any amount is greatly appreciated. It is because of donors like you that we have been able to improve and build upon our racecar legacy here at CMU.
For more info, or questions about the team, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org