Texas A&M Racing’s 2017 Formula SAE Race Car

Texas A&M Racing’s 2017 Formula SAE race car will make its debut March 13 outside of “Texas A&M House” at the Hotel Van Zandt during South By Southwest (SXSW) before heading off to international competition this summer.

Each year, Texas A&M students take part in the Formula SAE international design competition, where they design and build a formula-style race car and compete against 500 student teams from around the world. In its 15-year history of competition the Texas A&M Racing team boasts five world championships and 20 individual event victories. The final product the team will put on display at SXSW will be a fully branded formula-style single-seat racecar.

Texas A&M is one of a handful of participating universities who incorporate the Formula SAE program into the senior curriculum for students in the College of Mechanical Engineering.

General Motors Chief Information Officer Ahmed Mahmoud, a 1987 Texas A&M graduate, will be on hand at the rollout.

“Texas A&M and General Motors have a long and proud partnership, not only in transformational learning initiatives such as the Formula SAE program, but in recruiting top-caliber students and transferring innovative technologies into a reality,” said Mahmoud.

For the first time ever, Texas A&M will be participating at the SXSW Festival and Conference in Austin during Interactive Week, March 10-15, showcasing the innovative work happening at the tier-one research institution.

SXSW is historically known for bringing together global professionals, brands and cutting-edge vendors from a diverse group of industries, and Texas A&M is one of just a handful of universities showcasing during Interactive Week.

For more on Texas A&M’s SXSW activities, visit sxsw.tamu.edu.

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