College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 20:22:34


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


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.

Research Sponsor

Daniel Deckler

First Reader

Scott Sawyer

Second Reader

Ajay Mahajan

Honors Faculty Advisor

Scott Sawyer

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Final signatures from professors who responded



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