Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- June 7, 2000

Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Students Finish in Top 10 in International Formula-Style Auto Design Contest

Cal Poly's student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) won in two categories and finished in the top 10 at this year's Formula SAE international automotive design competition.

The contest, now in its 22nd year, challenges engineering students to conceive, design, fabricate and compete with forumla-style race cars, described as open wheel, single-seat racers with a restricted intake 600 cc engine.

This year, students from 104 universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan and the United Kingdom competed.

Cal Poly's team won in the Methanol Fuel Division and in the Fuel Economy Division.

All teams were evaluated by a panel of judges on the design of the car, an oral presentation of the project, and in cost analysis.

On-track events include autocross (speed and handling), endurance and fuel economy, and acceleration.

Texas A&M University won first place, with the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Cal Poly Pomona finishing second and third, respectively.

Cal Poly team members, all mechanical engineering students included Adam Brinkman, a junior from Hollister; team captain Mike Freestone, senior, San Diego; Nicholas Gall, senior, Ripon; (Henry) Sean Leslie, senior, Greenbrea; and Will Smith, senior, Torrance.

The team was coached by Joe Mello, a Cal Poly mechanical engineering professor, and Mike O'Neil from Tilton Engineering in Buellton.

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