A design studio and two vehicle development bays make the High Performance Vehicle Laboratory the hub of motorsports activity at ERAU.
Design of vehicles is performed by students on ten computer workstations with access to the latest engineering design tools, networked to the University’s supercomputer in the design studio.
Currently, the world’s only all-female motorsports team (ERAU’s Women’s Baja SAE Team) occupies one design bay, while the Embry-Riddle Formula Hybrid Team, which finished fifth among college teams from around the world in 2013 with its open-wheel, open-cockpit, single-seat hybrid-electric vehicle, occupies the other.
In addition to housing these two student-driven competition teams, the laboratory supports graduate and undergraduate research, including several IGNITE research grants and grants from other sources dealing with projects related to advanced materials, vehicle dynamics, engines and alternative fuels, and aerodynamics.
Industry-standard design software tools include:
The lab is heavily utilized by students in the High-Performance Vehicles track of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, as well as other students in the degree programs offered through the Department of Mechanical Engineering.