Cyclone Racing is making strides in SAE Formula competitions

Kevin Harvick may be leading the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup standings, but did he build his entire car from scratch? Cyclone Racing did. Cyclone Racing is a student run organization that is focused on Formula SAE racing. The 45 horsepower car is designed, manufactured and assembled by its members. The vehicle tops out around 85 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Iowa State’s Baja racing team slowed in first race, ready to regain off-road speed

It was a Friday afternoon and there was Zach Verbeck in the back of the Cyclone Racing garage, working away on a homemade brake dyno, looking for data that could improve the performance of Iowa State’s mini off-road racer. The senior from Cedar Falls who’s studying mechanical engineering was taking torque readings in foot-pounds. He … Continue reading Iowa State’s Baja racing team slowed in first race, ready to regain off-road speed

Iowa State’s Formula SAE team looks for engine answers as it prepares to race

AMES, Iowa – The stress level is finally dropping in the Cyclone Racing shop on the Iowa State University campus. Formula SAE’s June 20-23 competition in Lincoln, Neb., is just days away. And the Yamaha YFZ450 engine in the back of the student-designed and student-built mini open-wheel racer is finally close to powering some last-minute tests. Derek Roberg, … Continue reading Iowa State’s Formula SAE team looks for engine answers as it prepares to race