On April 22, 2011 - May 1, 2011 The Rutgers Formula Race Team (RFR) will make its inaugural debut at the New York Auto Show and will unveil its 2011 race car. This will be a first for this student organization.
If you want to see this car in action come visit the students when they run their car down a track at Rutgers Day (April 30, 2011) here at the School of Engineering on Busch Campus. For more information on this HERE
For more information on how to go see this group of talented engineering students at the Auto Show please SEE HERE
Rutgers engineers turn to racetrack to gain skill, get jobs
NEW BRUNSWICK — In 2009, the Rutgers Formula Racing Team was broke and running out of time. The recession had kept many of its sponsors from supporting the team, which each year builds an open wheel, open cockpit racing car to compete with cars built by other engineering students around the world. Some of those teams enjoy rich sponsorships from major players in the automotive industry that yield upwards of $100,000 a year in funding in the United States. A German team once netted $250,000. The Rutgers team receives about $8,000 in fees from engineering students, $4,000 from the engineering school to compete in two events and some cash and free services donated by private companies, such as Sunoco and Sport Honda Powerhouse of Metuchen. The total budget including the donated services is between $20,000 and $25,000. But the donations fell so low two years ago that the students had to dig deep. Team members came up with $10,000 from their own pockets, team members and the team's staff adviser said. It paid off. Rutgers came in third in design that year out of about 120 teams from around the world, a huge podium finish given the relatively low amount of financing the team sees. Abhir Adhate, a senior this year and the team's technical lead, used a credit card to come up with $1,000 in 2009, he said. But for Adhate, the money was an investment. He received an internship with Pratt & Whitney that year, based largely on his work on the car. The Connecticut company designs, manufactures and services aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. Adhate, 22, a mechanical and aerodynamics engineering student from East Brunswick, just secured full-time employment with Pratt & Whitney as an aerodynamicist, a job that will start in July. His job interview focused on his work on the formula racing car, he said. "That's pretty much how I got noticed out of the talent pool," he said. Former team members have gone on to become racing engineers with prestigious teams such as the Corvette Le Mans racing team.
Credit Ken Serano - Home News Tribune