My thanks to John J for sending through these photos of a project racer, featuring Saab on the nosecone.
The racecar in the photographs was constructed by a student organization called “PACE”, or Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education.
Sponsoring companies include General Motors, Siemens, Sun Mircrosystems and Belcan Engineering (where John J has worked in a consulting capacity since retirement from GE Aviation). These and other corporations have partnered with 26 schools worldwide to enable engineering students to gain practical knowledge along with classroom training.
The project was created by the late Ralph Anderson, CEO and founder of Belcan which is the project’s largest financial sponsor. Parts of the car were supplied by various participating corporations, the front wing being furnished by Saab. It’s great to see the Griffin emblem leading the way in this worthwhile enterprise!
I’m not sure what part of the Saab organisation provided the front wing of the car, but by the GM logos on the outer edges, my feeling is that it may have been provided a little while ago.
The car will not be raced at all. It’s purely an engineering and learning exercise. Still, the Griffin looks good on the front of a racer, doesn’t it?
Congratulations to all the students involved in building it.
8 thoughts on “Saab, by a nose!”
I thought it was an idea Jason had for a new Sonnet.
Haha, “If only…”
It’s too bad it won’t get raced… Or will it? 😉 But seriously, it looks good. Seems like racing it would be the true test of their hard work!
I wish high schools had “build a racecar” afterschool programs instead of the nerdy-ass FIRST Robotics stuff I did.
Students from University West (www.hv.se) in Trollhättan participated in this project in collaboration with SAAB/GM. More info is to be found at this link: http://www.hv.se/extra/news/?module_instance=3&id=5550
… in swedish.
Seeing the Griffin on the nose does look very nice. On the other hand….I am sure seeing the Griffin so close to the GM logo gives some people around here violent flashbacks and sleepless nights 🙂
Saab needs to get back to WRC asap!
BYU!? Hmm… Just might be the first time I like something BYU has produced. Nice job folks. Does the Kenn Garff Saab dealership in Salt Lake City, Utah know about it? I’m assuming this is in Utah. This is just the kind of thing SCNA needs to promote – “born from the aerodynamics of jets.”
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