Jayhawk Motorsports (JMS) is a participant in the FSAE collegiate design competition where students design, build, test, and race formula-style race cars. Each year JMS builds a vehicle with a traditional combustion powertrain or electric powertrain. We have had a very successful history in the Formula SAE competition. In the last decade, Jayhawk Motorsports has achieved 8 top 5 finishes including two overall 1st place finishes in the 2012 and 2014 Lincoln competitions. These events include a hundred teams travelling from all over the world. This year Jayhawk Motorsports has hopes of another top finish in 2020, with a focus on data acquisition, testing, and a chassis redesign to improve the team’s performance. Our goals are high, but our motivation to succeed is higher.
This year our team is making huge strides by completely redesigning the carbon fiber chassis. This presents a different approach to the design of the vehicle, optimizing composite development. We plan to put all of our efforts into the perfection and justification of our designs such that our legacy is recognized in future years. In addition, our vehicle will maintain significant redesigns in the aero, powertrain, and suspension department. We will learn from the past, and optimize for the 2020 car. This year’s team is particularly motivated to meet their financial goals as well, hoping to fundraise their way toward competing overseas in Germany next summer as we have done in 2015.
Every donation is critical in allowing students to develop technological advances in the FSAE sphere and gives them a hands-on opportunity to apply the skills they learn in class. Jayhawk Motorsports is a unique organization as it includes students from all engineering majors as well as students from across the university. This year we have approximately 40 undergraduate students working on our team from aerospace engineering, computer science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, accounting, finance, and marketing. Thank you for considering supporting our cause and helping students flourish in an active learning environment. We hope to make you proud.