|The formula racing team performs a driver change at
the FSG 2009 competition in Germany.
|Formula race cars passing during the FSG 2009.|
Cal Poly Pomona finished 17th place overall out of 82 incredible European teams in all events for Formula Student Germany (FSG) 2009 in Hockenheim Germany. Among the four US teams, Univ Mich Ann Arbor finished 5th. Oregon and RIT New York both broke down in the Endurance race, and Cal Poly Pomona was one of two US teams to finish all events.
For the FSG, students must build a single seat formula racecar with which they can compete against teams from all over the world. The competition is not won solely by the team with the fastest car, but rather by the team with the best overall package of construction, performance, and financial and sales planning.
FSG challenges the team members to go the extra step in their education by incorporating into it intensive experience in building and manufacturing as well as considering the economic aspects of the automotive industry.
Cal Poly Pomona had 19 students travel to Germany where they learned about European engineering and culture. The German event was incredible. Audi, VDI, VW, Continental, and others put in a huge amount of time and money into this format.
Cal Poly Pomona was well received by the European audience and competitors. The stands were packed and when California was running, we received standing ovations. From Moscow to the Czech Republic, to the Netherlands, all recognize Cal Poly Pomona as a World Class engineering university. During the final all fans were on their feet with horns, screams, waving flags, and extremely exuberant fans supporting all teams regardless of home country.
The awards banquet was attended by more than a thousand students. The F1 area was set up with live bands, food, famous race car drivers, and more.