OIT Racing is a student club at the Oregon Institute of Technology located in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Our goal is to design, build, test, and race in the annual Formula SAE® competition. Formula SAE® is a student design competition organized by SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers). The first competition was started back in 1978 and was originally called the Mini Indy. The concept behind Formula SAE® is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small formula style race car. The prototype race car is evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving. This is an international race, with approximately 80 Universities competing from around the US and World.
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Having two years of experience, the team finally saw success scoring well in Autocross, Endurance, and Design. With a 16th place finish overall in Formula SAE West, Oregon Tech Racing had their best finish yet. The team plans to improve on static events, and are aiming for a 1st place finish overall next year in Lincoln.
In 2012 the team scored an impressive 5th place position in Acceleration and 16th place in the Autocross event. Finishing overall in 35th place out of 77 schools that participated, there is still a lot of development to be done as we approach the 2013 season.
The 2011 OIT Formula team finished in the top 25 out of 80 teams in all of the dynamic events with an 8th place finish in the premier event, the endurance race. We successfully completed the event without any mechanical failures, and passed technical inspection without any problems. The Formula SAE team gained recognition from local news station KOTI-Klamath Falls due to their success.