About Crimson Racing

The Crimson Racing team was created several years ago for students at the University of Alabama to take part in the Formula SAE competition. Since the creation, we have successfully competed in many national races. We have a current team committed to bringing awards back to the University of Alabama. Along with our goal of competing at a high level of success in events, our team enjoys the experience of learning more about cars and the effort required to produce a quality product. We hope you take some time to explore the website and learn more about the team.

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Successful Sponsor Drive Day! - September 18, 2016

The Crimson Racing team held a sponsor drive day in the Northeast Commuter lot near the Student Recreation center. Several of the team’s sponsors were invited to the event to drive the car. Many sponsors and their families attended the event. The team had a great time getting to know all of the sponsors more, and we hope our sponsors enjoyed learning more about us! Everyone on the team always enjoys getting to drive the car around, and it was a lot of fun getting to spread that joy to more people. The weather tried its best to deter everyone with some bad rain, but almost everyone was able to drive before the rain started, and luckily it stopped long enough for the remainder of our sponsors to drive. We would like to thank Which Wich for providing lunch for the event. The food was wonderful and sparked a lot of conversation! We would also like to thank the University staff for helping stage the event! University employees helped to take pictures at the event, set-up a generator for the team, and set-up trash cans for the team. We appreciate the help!

Crimson Racing CD-adapco - September 16, 2016

The Crimson Racing team would like to thank our newest sponsor, CD-adapco! Every year, the team invests a lot of time into making sure parts such as the nose cone have a minimal amount of drag. Regardless of how much power the engine outputs, it does not matter if the car is creating a lot of drag. The drag significantly slows the car down and offsets the power improvements. In previous years, the team has significantly improved aerodynamic analysis and simulation which has greatly reduced the drag on components on the car. Unfortunately, as the team has improved at simulations, we have begun to be limited by the current computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software that we use. CD-adapco makes the industry leading CFD software, STAR-CCM+, and was able to provide the Crimson Racing team with a license. With the software, the team should be able to perform CFD on the entire car at once. This software will allow the team to improve drastically! We appreciate the help CD-adapco, and we look forward to using the software! We encourage everyone to explore CD-adapco’s website which can be found here.

Thank You Hexcel! - September 9, 2016

The Crimson Racing team is always in need of help from sponsors in order to make high quality race cars every year. One of the main ways the team evaluated and saw potential weight savings would be to make parts of the car out of carbon fiber instead of their current material makeup. Carbon fiber has the significant advantage of being lighter and as strong as or stronger than most of the materials that the team currently use. The team would like to thank Hexcel for their generous donation of carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb! Hexcel was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. They are one of the industry leaders in developing and manufacturing lightweight, high performance composite products including carbon fibers, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, and adhesives and composite structures. Hexcel was gracious enough to donate a roll of carbon fiber and honeycomb to the team! The carbon fiber will be used to make this year’s body, steering wheel, and other parts! In the past, the team has used fiberglass for the body, but the carbon fiber will allow for a significant reduction in weight! The immediate use for the honeycomb is to use it as the inside of the team’s custom steering wheel. We appreciate Hexcel’s generous donation and we encourage everyone to explore their website which can be found here.

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