Formula Student USA at the CTech Motorplex

After a full year of preparations, local high school teams and their racing creations descended upon the CTech Manufacturing Motorplex for two full days of non-stop track time! Formula Student USA is the group’s name, dedicated to helping high-school students fulfill their dream of building a real racecar in the name of STEM education. This may seem like a tall order for high-school students, but they’re eager for a challenge!

The Cedarburg High School Formula Student USA Team

Similar to collegiate SAE challenges, each Formula Student team has a set of rules to follow when constructing their vehicle. In general, teams have the choice of constructing an open or closed-wheel chassis, with varying levels of design autonomy associated with each. Safety is paramount in all forms of racing, and Formula Student is no different. Because this event isn’t timed, and wheel-to-wheel racing isn’t allowed, the focus of the rulebook is to guide the teams in making a safe, dependable racecar that can keep going throughout the two-day event at the Motorplex.

Parts for each car are either ordered via catalog, or custom designed and built by the teams themselves with the help of individual sponsors and plenty of information-sharing between schools. CTech is proud to support the teams in this fantastic program. We truly believe that the students in this program are the future of racing, and they’re proving it to us time and time again! Your first racecar is always going to be a special one, and for these students, it’s the one they’ve learned the most from.

Catching Up With Ed Carpenter Racing

When IndyCar teams go on the road, they bring a TON of stuff with them... Multiple sets of springs, spare parts for every end of the racecar (including the engine), and multiple sets of equipment/tools. Considering that most teams are sporting a two-car effort, that means double the spare parts, and double the storage space needed! The transporter presents some unique logistical challenges, meaning the team must:

  • Store those items securely during transit
  • Keep those items accessible at a moment's notice
  • Keep the gross weight of the trailer to a minimum
  • Reserve space for workspaces to be set up during the race weekend
  • Fit tool carts and pit boxes into the lane of the transporter

We recently caught up with Bret Schmitt, Chief Mechanic at Ed Carpenter Racing, to talk about what he likes about the custom CTECH cabinets that they have in their transporter!

“The biggest thing for us overall was saving weight in the trailer and being able to customize the cabinets to the exact size we want, which increased our storage area almost 20% over a stock Lista cabinet."

In the racing world, having a 1% advantage is significant. Having a 20% advantage is a no-brainer! Not only has CTECH cabinets offered more storage than Lista, they've also cut wight down and made stored items more accessible with MotionLatch Drawers and Doors.

"It’s a great product, and a great finish. We really like the handles! Everything is just very user friendly for what we’re doing.”