Jayhawk Motorsports (JMS) is an organization that competes in FSAE which is a 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. Members of the team spend countless hours each week designing, manufacturing, and testing the cars in an effort to maximize their performance. This is not limited to breaks, holidays, and weekends, as a high level of dedication is required of the students to develop a high-performance race car from start to finish in only two semesters. Although the time investment is substantially different than what students are used to in school, the knowledge and skills gained are what makes Jayhawk Motorsports students incredibly knowledgeable and prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.
Such a complex engineering project would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors, who extend the capabilities of the project beyond our resource and manufacturing limits. To produce high-quality and competitive race cars, the project requires a substantial budget, largely consisting of generous donations from both individuals and companies, small and large. Your contributions allow the team to compete at the highest level amongst the best FSAE teams in the world and contribute toward the success of future KU engineering graduates.
The following page will provide you with more information about our team, the competition, and our cars. We look forward to partnering with you this coming year to help Jayhawk Motorsports strive for excellence! This year’s team is focused on the completion of one electric car early in the spring semester, testing the performance, and improving based on acquired data. We are proud to have this opportunity to fundraise through LaunchKU.
JMS has a very successful history in the Formula SAE competition. In the last decade, Jayhawk Motorsports has achieved 8 top 5 finishes including two overall 1 st place finishes in the 2012 and 2014 Lincoln competitions. These events include over a hundred teams from all over the world.
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 30 mechanical engineering seniors and 2 engineering physics seniors working to design and build our car. We are also thankful for the 40 undergraduate students working on our team from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, computer science, chemical engineering, accounting, finance, and marketing. Thank you for considering supporting our cause and helping students flourish in an active learning environment.