I guess Formula SAE / Formula Student never left but it’s been many years since I’ve been involved. That changed this summer when I brought Western Washington University’s Viking 26 FSAE racecar into my shop (Thanks Paul!) and, along with the help of several original teammates, rebuilt it to running condition. In the fall, we raced it at a Pacific NW Porsche Club auto-x in pouring rain. This car was originally designed and raced in 1995 and also competed in 1996 when I joined the team as a freshman. It is a very unique car with lots of unconventional designs and construction. It was also very light, powerful, and successful. V26 placed 4th at FSAE Michigan in 1995 and 22nd in 1996 (thanks to a blown motor during the endurance event – would have placed top 5). Some notable features of V26 are the 6″ filament wound carbon tube chassis, turbocharged fuel injected CBR600 engine, spool rear end (no differential), and suspension geometry designed to promote jacking to enable rotation with the spool. The car also used 10″ wheels, inside-out front disk brakes, and dual floating inboard rear brake rotors.
Here’s V26 20 years after it last competed:
Some welding work on the fuel tank:
Here are some videos from this fall:
The car is a handful to drive with a hard hitting turbo and locked rear end (especially in wet conditions on 8 year old Hoosier Wets or 20 year old Hoosier Slicks). It’s surprisingly easy to slide around but once you get too sideways it comes around fast.
Here are some pictures of Viking 26 (from 1996) and Viking 28 (1998) along with some of the original team members.
More FSAE projects in the shop. News to follow…