COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A sixth Texas A&M Formula One SAE trophy is coming home to College Station.
"We didn't know if we were capable of winning or not,” Ryan Monheim said, the project lead for the 2017 TAMU Formula One SAE team. “But we wanted to try the best we could. The important thing is that we had people on the team that shared that goal.”
This senior design course began with a team of 21 Texas A&M Engineering students. What began as a design on a piece of paper 9 months ago is now a fully working vehicle.
"Everyone is working for free, but everyone really wanted to watch the vehicle succeed,” Monheim said.
At the 2017 FSAE Lincoln Competition in Nebraska, only 80 schools were allowed to even compete which included teams from around the world.
The vehicles were judged based on multiple criteria. The TAMU Formula One SAE team won first place overall. Additionally, they won first place in endurance and efficiency, and second place in design and autocross.
"It's an undertaking of incredible achievement,” Yuval Doron said, the faculty advisor for the TAMU Formula One SAE Team. "For us to have a winning trophy this year has been just remarkable. The students performed above and beyond. "
Back here in College Station, right above their work station where so many hours were put into their formula one SAE, "World Champs," with a sixth year added.
"If I think back to where we were, I wouldn't have thought we'd be here,” Monheim said. “And I'm just really happy that we were able to pull it off.”