LINCOLN, Neb. — More than 250 universities from around the world will showcase and race their custom Formula-style cars at Lincoln Airpark June 17-20 during the Formula SAE series.
The Nebraska Ethanol Board is a proud supporter of the Husker Motorsports team, which races on E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline). Formula SAE combustion teams have the choice of using either E85 or unleaded gasoline.
“We run E85 because it is a part of Nebraska’s culture and we like to represent our state well at competitions,” said Charles Lee, Husker Motorsports member. “There is an additional technical benefit of E85 having an extremely high octane rating.”
Husker Motorsports is advised by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lecturer William Dick and comprised of the following engineering students: Sam Buller, Lincoln, Neb.; Dylan Hall, Newcastle, Neb.; Greg Lantz, Lincoln, Neb.; Charles Lee, Omaha, Neb.; Andrew Lewis, West Des Moines, Iowa; Daniel Marymee, Houston, Texas; Jarrad Murrish, Kearney, Neb.; James Peck, Hancock, Mich.; Brad Shaner, Lincoln, Neb.; Cody Thompson, Lincoln, Neb.; Miles Wynn, Albion, Neb.; Cody Voris, Omaha, Neb; Jake Culey, Kearney, Neb.; Daniel Widdershoven, Omaha, Neb.; and Steven Christy, Lincoln, Neb.
“We are very fortunate that the competition moved to Lincoln several years ago, which led to the formation of our team and provides great opportunities for our members,” Lee said. “We are proud to represent Nebraska and UNL by going head to head with some of the country’s top universities.”
In addition to the competition, there will be a meet and greet with Dan Schwartzkopf, former National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racer, June 17 from 1-4 p.m. at the main Airpark tent.
Schwartzkopf, who raced more than 15 years, was the first producer of race ethanol provided to the Indy Racing League. He has been promoting ethanol as a performance fuel since 1992, and continues to work as a fuel tech for Ethanol Performance Fuel and other venues.
“Ethanol is cleaner-burning with higher octane allowing it to compete with all race fuels while reducing emissions,” Schwartzkopf said. “Ethanol is competitive in several ways: it costs less, performance is equal or better than unleaded gasoline, non-toxic octane booster for high-compression engines, and it’s healthier for the driver and the environment.”
About Formula SAE: Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers). The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem-solving.