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Formula SAE Turbocharger Engine Development (Mechanical Project)

This project, Formula SAE Turbocharger System Development, was sponsored by the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Formula SAE team. The team proposed this project in order to have a powerful yet lightweight engine so they can be extremely competitive at their competition.

The baseline output of the single cylinder 450cc engine (2006 Yamaha WR450F) was 46 horsepower and 27 ft-lb of torque. The goal of this project was to increase the output of that engine to 60 horsepower and 35 ft-lb through the use of a turbocharger.

Cal Poly’s Formula SAE Team produces a prototype, formula-style race car for the weekend autocrosser designed, built, and tested by its students. Every year, they take part in a competition with schools from around the world in events centered on design, cost, business, performance, and reliability. In 2013 they will compete in the Formula SAE Lincoln competition, organized by SAE International.

The team aims to finish toward the top of the competition using a car which is engineered from the ground up with high attention to integration and detail, and tested to prove designs and reliability. Through good engineering practices and extensive documentation, this year will serve as an example for the team in the future and provide a base on which to iterate and improve.
Source: California Polytechnic State University
Authors: Eric Griess | Kevin McCutcheon | Matthew Roberts | William Chan

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