ENCS Dean Robin Drew was especially pleased by the team's success, noting that "this marks a great finale to a lot of hard-work and dedication by everyone involved, but especially by those who are close to finishing their degrees but have decided to spend a "little time" focusing on SAE activities this past year."
Martin Pugh, Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), echoed Dean Drew's priase, saying that "it is truly impressive that the team finished the complete event especially the endurance run."
Dominic Ng, Engineering Design Specialist for MIE, accompanied the SAE team to California, and filed this report:
The last point Concordia made in the endurance event of a Formula SAE competition was in 1995. On Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 13:13pm in the dry 32 degree heat of the Auto Club Speedway of Fontana, California, that changed.
After 22 laps [22 km], 32minutes and 38.026 seconds and one very successful driver change, Talullah [the car] and the Concordia FSAE team crossed the finish line and saw its first checkered flag in 15 years! Not only did they finish 'endurance' but the team was also one of ONLY 14 teams to score points in all events [which was acknowledged and received mention during the awards ceremony]!
In this Boston Marathon of student events, where making it to the competition is an enormous feat in itself, Mike Rembacz and his team finished the most difficult event of the weekend, the endurance challenge without so much as a broken clutch pin and with fuel to spare. At the most difficult step in the endurance, when the vehicle must be turned off, drivers changed and the vehicle restarted without any assistance, second driver Andrew Stewart [who remembers seeing the engine temperature at 240F and being 'concerned'] pushed the start button and comfortably drove 11 laps to the finish.
In the three short weeks between their last race in Michigan and leading up to the California Dream, the team spent many sleepless nights. They reduced the vehicle weight from 618 to 580 lbs, tweaked the Engine Control Unit, performed an engine rebuild, designed and built a new muffler, designed and built a pit cart, track tested the vehicle and performed an near endless number of pre-race adjustments and refinements. It paid off.
After three years of effort and as many iterations, what we have now is a solid platform for the team to grow on. We can only imagine what lies ahead for Concordia FSAE.
Congratulations to the FSAE team for the past many years of hard work and determination. Congratulations in your professionalism, poise and maturity. Congratulations in making Concordia proud.
Cheers all around and Thank You supporters and fans for all your help and encouragement ... stay tuned for greater things to come! For official results check out http://students.sae.org/competitions/formulaseries/results/