Formula SAE: S&T posts fastest time in autocross

Update, Saturday morning, May 17, 2008: The team’s time of 46.662 was invalidated as the car hit a cone during the run. This resulted in a two-second penalty. But Missouri S&T’s earlier run of 46.9 seconds was fast enough to put the team in first place in the autocross competition, 4/10ths of a second ahead of the next-fastest vehicle.
The results are not yet official, but it looks like Missouri S&T’s Formula SAE team took first place in the autocross event of the international FSAE competition under way at Michigan International Speedway. Missouri S&T’s racer posted a time of 46.662 seconds in the autocross event. That’s at least three-tenths of a second faster than the next fastest formula car.
Here’s a brief interview with S&T driver Richard Colfax, who drove the car to the top finish today. Colfax is a veteran of six FSAE competitions and graduates tomorrow with a degree in aerospace engineering. (He’s also an alum, holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in metallurgical engineering from Missouri S&T.)