College of Engineering and Polymer Science
Date of Last Revision
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Science
Date of Expected Graduation
Lap time simulation is capable of advancing Zips Racing into a new, modern era for future vehicle designs. Through the use of VI-grade simulation software, Zips Racing was able to validate its current combustion and electric vehicle designs in spite of the challenges brought on to the team as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this project, the design team gained an enhanced understanding of suspension designs and optimizations through the usage of computer simulations. As a result, the teams have a better understanding of the fundamental changes that need to occur to enhance the race team’s final race car. The design team’s simulation software allows the user to analyze in-depth data for driving simulations and assess the strengths and weaknesses of a vehicle design. From the design of a lap time simulation software, Zips Racing has been able to benefit from optimizing set ups and improving upon the design of subsystems. Furthermore, this vital information and data from this senior design project can then be used for many future generations of Zips Racing in order to continually improve upon the teams’ race cars.
Honors Faculty Advisor
Gresser, Noah; Jasper, Akos; Metropoulos, Michael; Buczynski, Paul; and Volcansek, James, "Formula SAE Design Validation through Lap Time Simulation" (2021). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1365.