For the first time ever at the Silicon Valley Auto Show, the San José State University Mechanical Engineering department showcased three student-designed and built competition vehicles, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineering (SAE).
The Mechanical Engineering department also hosted a Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Lab, showcasing a Quadracycle solar-powered sustainable vehicle and a solar-powered sustainable golf cart. Both the showcase and the Lab were set up in the Auto Show’s "Future of Drive" Center.
Spartan Racing team leader Michael Jarrett reported from the show:
"The Spartan Racing team had an excellent time at the 2017 Silicon Valley Auto Show, talking with attendees and other exhibitors. All three SAE teams received compliments on the craftsmanship that we put into the cars, and how unique our cars were compared to the others at the show. Those who stopped by to chat were surprised with the performance of the cars and the amount of dedication put in by team members. We talked with many SJSU alumni, and they were proud to see the program at SJSU. Many said they wished it was available when they were attending!
"We (the Combustion team) are getting very close to our competitions in Brooklyn, Michigan and Lincoln, Nebraska in May and June respectively. Thanks to the efforts of all team members and sponsoring companies, we have began our manufacturing phase. We sent tubes to Therma to be laser cut; then they will be welded by students here at SJSU. Our first few carbon fiber parts are being created, suspension parts are ready to send out, and we have a running engine.
"Spartan Racing is composed of many hardworking individuals who spend countless hours outside of the classroom to make this project. We want to thank all the alumni and SJSU faculty, sponsors and supporters who helped the team get to where we are today. If you want to follow the team as we finish our 2017 race car and travel to competition, we will send continuous updates through our Facebook and Youtube pages."
The College of Engineering is very proud of the Mechanical Engineering department and the Spartan Racing team for this strong debut at the Silicon Valley Auto Show, and we look forward to more showcases ahead. The Spartan Racing team is one of our many highly active student clubs in the college.