A design studio and two vehicle development bays make the High-Performance Vehicle Laboratory the hub of motorsports activity at ERAU.

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 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.

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.


  • 10 computer workstations with access to the latest engineering design tools
  • Vehicle dynamics programs OptimumG, OptimumLap
  • Computer-aided design (CAD) programs: CATIA, SolidWorks
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) programs: ANSYS, NASTRAN
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) programs: Fluent, Star CCM+

Lab Information

Location: M Building

Lab Director: Rafael Rodriguez 

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email DaytonaBeach@erau.edu.