The automotive industry, especially in high-performance vehicles, is extremely detail-oriented, in which minor optimizations can go miles to make a positive difference in quality, reliability, and safety. For this reason, high-accuracy force measurement plays a vital role in the testing and monitoring many aspects of a vehicle’s operation. For this reason, when Gopher Motorsports, a Formula SAE student group that designs and builds race cars at the University of Minnesota, needed a durable force measurement solution to optimize their car’s track performance, they turned to Interface and our partner, Minnesota Measurement Engineering Inc.
Each year, Gopher Motorsports designs and builds two vehicles, one internal combustion (ICE) and one electric (EV), to compete in the annual global Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Series. The competition goal is to design, manufacture, market, and race an open-wheel, open-cockpit, and single-seat vehicle marketable to weekend drivers. In addition to being scored on their vehicle performance, teams are also scored on their business logic and engineering competency.
The University of Minnesota’s Gopher Motorsports utilized several Interface force solutions to meet these competition criteria and build top-of-the-line vehicles for which they designed and tested their parts, components, and final cars.