LTU takes second place in its Grand Prix

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University’s Formula SAE car finished second among nine participating schools in its 11th annual Grand Prix, organized by LTU’s Blue Devil Motorsports student racing organization.

Wayne State University took first place in the event, while Oakland University finished third. Other participating colleges and universities were Ferris State University, Hope College, Kettering University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Toledo, and Western Michigan University.

Hundreds of spectators and students lined the twisting track in front of LTU’s Science Building while time trial racing took place, from 11 a.m. to shortly after 5 p.m. Weather conditions were ideal, and the fastest cars completed the course in about 28 seconds.

Formula SAE cars are half-scale Indy-style open wheel racing cars that weigh between 400 and 500 pounds empty. Most are powered by motorcycle engines putting out between 60 and 90 hp.

Said Shauna Wollmershauser, captain of this year’s LTU Formula SAE team: “On behalf of the Lawrence Technological University Formula SAE team I would like to thank all of the students and staff who worked so diligently to make this event a success. We could not have done this without your help.” Wollmershauser is on track to graduate in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.

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LTU’s Formula SAE car in competition Saturday, Oct. 12. LTU photo by Matt Roush.

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 15 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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