Monday, November 7, 2016
Triton Racing unveils their 2017 car
Triton Racing recently held an unveiling event for their 2017 car, which they will take to competition in Lincon, Nebraska June 21 – 24, 2017.
“It’s an iteration of the 2015 car,” said Ivan Voroshilov, Vice President of Triton Racing and a third year mechanical engineering major. “We have all year to test it.”
At the same time, the team is developing 2018 car.
“Our team is the best it’s ever been,” said Voroshilov.
Formula SAE started with six teams in 1981 and has grown to over 160.
The day of the unveiling event, Steve Fox, President of PowerTrain Technology (Chief judge of Formula SAE) and Tony Lyscio, Senior Structural Engineer at SpaceX were on site to meet with SAE chapters from multiple southern California universities and providing a lecture. They toured facilities, enjoyed a meet and greet, and saw test runs of racing team vehicles.
“We invited 10 other university teams from Southern California,” said Alex Tran, Sponsorship Director for Trion Racing and a fourth year bioengineering major. “This is a regional event every year, and this is the first time it’s been held at UC San Diego.”
“Formula SAE refines engineers,” said Fox during the lecture portion of the event. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to support this type of a program. Every engineer that graduates with Formula SAE experience under their belts gets cherry-picked into the best jobs.”
“At SpaceX, we recruit heavily from Formula SAE,” said Lyscio. “These are the types of mentalities that we want.”
It’s not just SpaceX – Hunter Industries, Triton Racing’s title sponsor, brought on Triton Racing members, including Daniel Morris and Ian Holmes, as interns over the summer, and recently hired Chris Campagnoni (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’16) as an associate mechanical engineer.
“UC San Diego provides us with the highest quality of engineering talent in the region,” said Scotty Lombardi, Manager of Talent Management at Hunter Industries. “But the talent that comes out of Triton Racing comes with an extra skillset. It sets them apart from the competition.”